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Why are Chris Webber Kings autos so impossible to find?

2020.09.29 23:26 booojangles13 Why are Chris Webber Kings autos so impossible to find?

Recently got back into the hobby as many have and I’ve been building out my Kings PC. I’ve had a Divac card signed in-person for about 20 years now and decided it would be a nice set if I could get autos of all the starters from that 01-02 squad.
I easily could find Peja, Bibby and Doug Christie.
But finding a Chris Webber auto, specifically a Kings one, has proven impossible.
Is there any known reason why? Did he simply never partner with any of the companies for his auto and that’s that?
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2020.08.28 14:31 kittehgoesmeow What A Day: Liar Liar Pence On Fire by Sarah Lazarus & Crooked Media (08/27/20)

"Voting absentee is a safe and secure way to guarantee your voice is heard." - Don Jr. on robocalls to voters who may have heard otherwise, from someone

Mr. Don-geniality

In the alternate reality of the GOP convention, the pandemic is behind us, abortion is the gravest problem this nation faces, and President Trump is both a guardian of the Constitution and a wonderful person “when the cameras are off.” Just take it from his immediate family and the folks on his payroll!
The harder truth is, prefacing a dumb lie with “the hard truth is” doesn’t make it less of a lie.
To cap off this garbage week of corruption and lies, Trump will accept the party’s nomination from the White House tonight. Come watch with us in the Crooked Groupthread if you’re feeling masochistic; either way, let whatever you’re feeling drive you over to https://votesaveamerica.com to help make sure tonight is the beginning of the end. 68 days.

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Even setting aside the GOP convention, it’s been a revolting 24 hours. After a 17-year-old drove across state lines with a semi-automatic rifle and killed two protesters, the chief of police in Kenosha, WI, blamed the victims for having been out after curfew, and offered this breathtakingly passive characterization of their murderer: “[he] was involved in the use of firearms to resolve whatever conflict was in place.” Over on Fox News, Tucker Carlson suggested that Trump-inspired vigilante terrorism is to be expected: “How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Right-wing luminaries like Ben Shapiro seized on the Wisconsin DOJ’s statement that Jacob Blake had a knife in his car to justify police shooting him seven times in the back. And self-made man Jared Kushner had this to say about NBA players’ wildcat strike in protest of Blake’s shooting: “I think the NBA players are very fortunate that they have the financial position where they're able to take a night off from work.” It’s a lot. Here’s Chris Webber, saying it right: “If not now, when?”

What Else?

Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, killing at least four people and causing widespread damage. A good time to recall that Trump ransacked FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to pay for half-assed unemployment benefits almost nobody can use, instead of working with Democrats to pass an actual stimulus package.
Hundreds of large U.S. companies have banned employees from notifying others about coronavirus outbreaks in their workplaces, and some have retaliated against employees for doing so. Those gag orders are likely to mask outbreaks that could have been contained, and accelerate the virus’s spread.
Trump’s private businesses have raked in $900,000 in taxpayer dollars since he took office, in large part by fleecing the Secret Service with forced pre-emptive room bookings and “resort fees.” The White House responded to the report by threatening the Washington Post and reporter David Fahrenthold.
The Federal Reserve has approved major changes to how it sets interest rates, which will allow inflation to run higher than normal for extended periods.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’t think there should be any presidential debates this year. Counterpoint: There should be presidential debates this year, and Joe Biden has already agreed to them.
Brenton Tarrant, the white supremacist who killed 51 people at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques, was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Kanye West’s “presidential campaign” has (illegally) missed the deadline to file its campaign finance paperwork, which would reveal the extent to which Republicans are bankrolling his run.
Over 100 former John McCain staffers have endorsed Joe Biden for president. John McCain’s silence is deafening.
Walmart has partnered with Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok, and TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer has resigned, citing the political tension around the company and the “corporate structural changes” required.
Dr. Bronner’s...come on, man. Let’s talk this out over an edible.

Be Smarter

Officials at the Department of Homeland for Security spent years trying to make President Trump care about right-wing domestic terrorists, to no avail. Former DHS official Elizabeth Neumann, who recently threw her support behind Joe Biden, told Politico that the Trump administration’s single-minded focus on restricting immigration diverted DHS leadership’s attention from all other matters. The constant changes of leadership didn’t help, either. White House officials couldn’t even be interested in using the phrase “domestic terrrorism,” until they realized they could deploy it against left-wing protesters. The Trump administration froze funding for an Obama-era office focused on fighting violent extremism, and has yet to produce promised annual briefings on domestic-terrorism threats, or a plan to address them. It’s an incredibly damning backstory to this very bleak week, and another compelling reason to get to work.

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Starbucks has pledged to make sure employees have time off to vote in November. Over 700 companies have now joined the Time to Vote coalition.
Wastewater testing at the University of Arizona successfully detected a coronavirus outbreak before it spread out of control.
The Supreme Court of Virginia has thrown out a lower court’s injunction against Richmond’s removal of Confederate statues.
It’s a small silver lining, but Hurricane Laura took down a Confederate statue in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish, two weeks after officials voted not to remove it.

Enjoy

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2020.07.29 01:49 PanicOnFunkatron NBA Jam TE team ranking

Now that I've done some research into the attributes and spent some more time with the game I figured I would do a team ranking. These rankings are based on the Arcade1Up rosters. I favor players with high speed and power as those attributes are always in play and favor passing and clutch the least. Teams are listed with best duo and combined attribute total of said duo.
  1. Seattle Supersonics - Kemp/Gill - 104 points
#1 is a hard one to pick as any of the top 5 could easily fit here. I prefer Seattle over the others. Kemp is a very good big man with no major weakness other than his 3 rating in steals. Gill is one of most well rounded players in the game.
2. Charlotte Hornets - Mourning/Johnson - 107 points
Charlotte is my go-to team when things aren't going well for me with Seattle. They sacrifice Seattle's speed for 9 power on both players to shove and dunk their way to victory.
3. Phoenix Suns - Barkley/Johnson - 106 points
Barkley is the best player in the game. He's quick for a big man, powerful, and surprisingly accurate from 3. Kevin Johnson is a complimentary small player for Sir Charles that and run around and try to get steals but Barkley is the one who runs this team.
4. Utah Jazz - Stockton/Malone - 94 points
The Jazz are the epitome of complimentary players. Both are fast and any weakness one has, the other is strong in. The only thing keeping them from cracking the top 3 teams is Stockton's 0 power rating.
5. Houston Rockets - Olajuwon/Elliot - 95 points
The Rockets are very similar to Seattle. Olajuwon has similar stats to Kemp but can't hit the 3 ball like Kemp. Elliot is similar to Gill with less power. Olajuwon and Horry would make for a better pairing but Midway made a mistake in 1993 and the Rockets are still paying for it.
6. Orlando Magic - Hardaway/Anderson - 96 points
The Magic are probably the best small ball team. Penny and Nick Anderson are both fast, can hit threes, and steal the ball. A lack of power and dunk rating for both players keeps them from scoring inside the paint and causes them to turn the ball over easily with shoves.
7. Atlanta Hawks - Manning/Willis - 84 points
The Hawks are a team that plays above their stats. Both guys a reasonably fast, Willis is powerful and can block, and Manning is the scorer both inside and outside. Neither player can steal so they have to rely on shoves and blocks.
8. San Antonio Spurs - Robinson/Rodman - 99 points
The Spurs are the inverse of the Magic. Robinson and Rodman both have speed but this is a team that wins games based on their powerful defense. You're going to have to shove and block and keep games close because neither player can be relied on to hit a 3 pointer late if you're behind.
9. Dallas Mavericks - Jackson/Mashburn - 93 points
Jamal Mashburn is sneaky good player. He's fast, powerful, hit threes, dunk, and get the occasional block. Jim Jackson isn't anything special other than his pass rating but I don't put a ton of stock in passing.
10. New Jersey Nets - Coleman/Anderson - 91 points
The Nets are a surprising team. Derrick Coleman is one of the better big men in the game that is still quick and his 7 rating in 3 points lets him score from outside. Kenny Anderson is a quick guard that can get quick steals and get the ball to Coleman or score from deep.
11. Cleveland Cavaliers - Price/Daugherty - 89 points
The Cavs are similar to Utah. They have strengths that play of each other's weaknesses, it's just that their strengths aren't as strong as Utah.
12. Washington Bullets - Gugliotta/Cheaney - 93 points
The Bullets are the poor man's version of a top team. Gugliotta is a good big man that can shove, dunk, and still hit some 3s. Cheaney is quick and hit 3s. Their biggest flaw is blocking but Gugliotta height allows him to play about his 4 rating in blocking.
13. Los Angeles Clippers - Manning/Harper - 95 points
The Clippers are an odd team on paper. They're one of the best in total points but a lot of this is wasted on their high clutch rating. Both players are fast and can block, but their low power will let their opponents jam on them. In the right hands they could make the top 10 but I just can't play well with them.
14. Sacramento Kings - Richmond/Hurley - 89 points
The Kings are my go to ringer team when I want to surprise someone with a team that's better than they would expect. Mitch Richmond's 7 speed, 9 3 point, 8 power ratings make him an interesting player on offense. He's not tall so he can't block and he only has a 5 in steals. Bobby Hurley's job is to run around the court trying to steal the ball and occasionally hit a 3 when Richmond is covered.
15. Chicago Bulls - Pippen/Kukoc - 93 points
Midway wasn't very nice to their hometown team. Scottie Pippen is fast and can dunk, but his 3 point rating is underwhelming and his 3 rating in power and 5 blocks means he will have to rely on getting steals instead of shoves and blocks. Toni Kukoc is the best option for his partner, but is not a great player. Not particularly fast, not powerful. He does have a 7 in blocks but nothing else jumps off the page. Defeating all 27 teams will give you the option of using Horace Grant for a better defensive big man.
16. New York Knicks - Ewing/Starks - 90 points
Patrick Ewing is a very good big man similar to Karl Malone. His problem though is John Starks in nowhere near Stockton. Starks is fast but only has a 6 rating in 3 pointers and doesn't have strong enough defensive ratings to make up for his mediocre offense.
17. Golden State Warriors - WebbeMullin - 90 points
Chris Webber is another fast big man (if you haven't noticed a theme with my rankings) and can shove and block and dunk. His 0 rating means you won't want to take a last second shot with him. That's why you have Chris Mullin and his 9 3 point rating and 9 clutch rating for. If you're behind late, you're going to need hope Mullin can get open.
18. Portland Trail Blazers - DrexleRobinson - 90 points
Clyde Drexler is an all around average player but isn't exceptional in any of my preferred attributes. You can go two ways with your lineup. If you put in Terry Porter you can add some speed and outside scoring, if you put in Clifford Robinson you'll gain blocking and power.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves - Person/Rider - 90 points
The Timberwolves have a decent all around inside scorer with Isaiah Rider and Chuck Person is an elite outside scorer. They're similar to Golden State, probably a more balanced team with weaker defense.
20. Boston Celtics - McDaniel/Brown - 89 points
The Celtics are another big man/small man pair. Neither is particularly great.
21. Los Angeles Lakers - Campbell/Worthy - 88 points
Elden Campbell is a good powerful blocker but not good from outside and isn't a great dunker. Beating all 27 teams will unlock James Worthy who is the best all around option to go with Campbell.
22. Philadelphia 76ers - Weatherspoon/Bradley - 87 points
The Sixers are a big man team. Shawn Bradley's 9 block rating and 7'6" height make him the best blocker in the game but he lacks the power to be a top player. Clarence Weatherspoon has the power Bradley lacks but a lack of outside scoring means the Sixers will have to keep games close.
23. Detroit Pistons - Thomas/Horry - 87 points
The Pistons lucked out getting Horry instead of Vernon Maxwell. Horry is a good all around player. Isiah is a good small guard but I think he played a dirty enough game to warrant a higher rating than a 1 for power.
24. Miami Heat - Rice/Seikaly - 80 points
Glen Rice is your fast 3 point shooter but don't expect much from him defensively. Seikaly is slow enough that if he misses a shove, the other team will score. Losing Harold Miner doesn't help this team.
25. Milwaukee Bucks - BakeDay - 75 points
I like teams with speed, power, and 3 points. No one on this team has a power rating higher than 5 or a 3 point rating higher than 4.
26. Denver Nuggets - Mutombo/Ellis - 71 points
Mutombo is big, slow, and can dunk. Neither guy compliments his play style.
27. Indiana Pacers - Smits/Sealy - 69 points
Neither player is good and has to rely on Reggie Miller to carry them. Reggie Miller is not in this game. Sorry Pacer fans.

Once again, here's the link to the rosters.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gKyh85irr2uwK7s_GWWC69oW_7cGbdZcRA3HjfZI5qk/edit#gid=0
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2020.03.14 20:54 scphoenix13 NBA 2000/2001 season

NBA 2000/2001 season
NBA was cancelled last 12 march, and we don’t know exactly when it could return or it would finish this season. It was disgusting for more of us, but we couldn’t imagine how deep this sadness could penetrate inside us, it was late in the night and I tried to see the boxscore, and I could only see one word “POSTPONED”, and my heart broke in one million pieces, I won’t be able to watch a single game this month, no more night, friends and beers, only silence.
We don’t know how much news, a clip where Hezonja block the game winner of LeBron (wtf) or a discussion for the ROY, COY, MVP and anyone can say the same name we will lose, so my friend Charlie and I decided to win this battle to the fucking COVID-19, we decide to recreate the season NBA 2000/2001 (This year was selected randomly but the luck wish that we could see a tribute to Kobe Bryant too)
Now you are ready to go inside this personal time machine and you are going to live again this incredible year, rewatching old news, old discussion and old feelings.
Thank you for being with us in this travel, we could be in quarantine but basketball will link us.
(the song directly from NBA live 01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK76GKkEc9o

Day 1: The Show must go on

Like a song of queen this show must start and for that, we need a little of context. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000/2001 season as the defending NBA champions, an unstoppable Shaquille O'Neal with 38 points per game, 17 rebounds per game and almost 3 blocks per game reach his first ring with the Lakers (First ring in 12 years for the franchise, when Magic Johnson still play with the purple and yellow jersey).
Kobe, Magic and Shaquille in the 2000 championship
The 2000 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center at Minneapolis. A lot of dreams for the franchise and the main characters of the game, the players. In the first pick the New Jersey Nets selects Kenyon Martin, a 22 years-old player, a new opportunity to create a legacy in a franchise which is in the shadow of the big New York Knicks. But a lot of journals agree in one point, this is probably the less potential class draft in the history, there are no remarkable players or players that could fix problem in the teams on the bottom of the table.
On the other hand, we could see the NBA players salaries for the incoming season, where centers govern the actual league:
Player Team Salary
1. Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves $19,600,000
2. Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers $19,285,000
3. Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat $16,879,000
4. Juwan Howard Washington Wizards $16,875,000
5. Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets $16,685,000
6. Karl Malone Utah Jazz $15,750,000
7. Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers $14,422,000
8. Patrick Ewing Seattle SuperSonics $14,000,000
9. David Robinson San Antonio Spurs $13,196,000
10. Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers $13,151,000
This summer, we could see plenty of trades and how many players change their jerseys:
  • The Miami Heat traded P.J. Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
  • The San Antonio Spurs signed Raja Bell as a free agent.
  • The Utah Jazz signed John Starks as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors traded Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic for a 2005 1st round draft pick.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors signed Mark Jackson as a free agent.
  • In a 4-team trade, the Boston Celtics traded Dana Barros to the Dallas Mavericks; the Boston Celtics traded Danny Fortson to the Golden State Warriors; the Dallas Mavericks traded Robert Pack, Hot Rod Williams and cash to the Boston Celtics; the Dallas Mavericks traded Bruno Šundov to the Utah Jazz; the Golden State Warriors traded Bill Curley to the Dallas Mavericks; the Golden State Warriors traded Donyell Marshall to the Utah Jazz; the Utah Jazz traded a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Boston Celtics; the Utah Jazz traded Howard Eisley to the Dallas Mavericks; and the Utah Jazz traded Adam Keefe to the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Dallas Mavericks traded Cedric Ceballos, Eric Murdock and John Wallace to the Detroit Pistons for Christian Laettner and Terry Mills.
  • In a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shawn Kemp to the Portland Trail Blazers; the Miami Heat traded Chris Gatling, Clarence Weatherspoon and a 2001 1st round draft pick (Brendan Haywood was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Portland Trail Blazers traded Gary Grant to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Portland Trail Blazers traded Brian Grant to the Miami Heat.
  • The Indiana Pacers traded Dale Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers for Joe Kleine and Jermaine O'Neal.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers signed Will Perdue as a free agent.
  • The Indiana Pacers waived Chris Mullin, then he returns to Golden State Warriors.
  • In probably the most important trade, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Travis Knight, Glen Rice and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Chris Dudley and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New York Knicks traded Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics; the Phoenix Suns traded Luc Longley to the New York Knicks; the Seattle SuperSonics traded Emanual Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant and Chuck Person to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Seattle SuperSonics traded Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, a 2001 2nd round draft pick, a 2001 2nd round draft pick ( and a 2002 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks.
  • The New Jersey Nets signed Stephen Jackson as a free agent.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed LaPhonso Ellis as a free agent.
  • Rik Smits retired from the Indiana Pacers.
Finally this season will be special for some curiosities:
  • We could see a new log in the Orland Magics and Phoenix Suns which try to create a new era in this new millennium.
  • The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
  • Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and could miss the entire season. Mourning could require a kidney transplant.
And today, 31 October 2000 will start a new unforgettable season of the NBA in the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers receive Portland Trail Blazers, remembering the last Western Conference Finals. Enjoy this game:https://mega.nz/#F!31wD2aRS!y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
Key: y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200010310POR.html

Day 2: Vince Carter vs Ray Allen Special

Today it's eighteen of November, the league is started and it's as wild as ever. Here we can see the standing and how Sixers it's the only unbeatable:
Conference Standings on 11/17
Tonight we will travel to the cold Canada to watch a Bucks (3-5) with a lot of problems which isn't able to be regular and obtain the win, being the second worst defense in the Eastern Conference, against a Toronto Raptors (4-4) with a Vince Carter in his best moment.
Vince Carter and Ray Allen in Sidney with the gold medal in the Olympic Games (2000/10/30 - Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated)
Two friends in the same way in two of the most important teams in the East, both winning gold medal in the Olympic Games 2000 and both being named as All Star last year for the first time in their careers. Here, we will analyze these two young promises, knowing without any doubt they will dominate this early decade:
Player (Season) Games Minutes Played per Game Points per Game Total Rebounds per Game Assists per Game
Ray Allen (1999/2000) 82 37.4 22.1 4.4 3.8
Ray Allen (2000/2001) 8 36.7 21.8 4.9 2.5
Vince Carter (1999/2000) 82 38.1 25.7 5.8 3.9
Vince Carter (2000/2001) 8 40.2 29.5 4.5 3.4
And now let's start this incredible game: https://mega.nz/#F!6lRjWKSD
Key: lhTPMIDdIAe3_YVcpqwMfw
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011180TOR.html

Day 3: A new star has born

Tracy McGrady, the raw potential personified. He is one of the most skillful offense in the league, the type of player that can put up big numbers even when his man is playing outstanding defense, possesses a great first step, a nasty crossover, and tremendous lift on his jump shot.
Tracy McGrady against Charlotte on 8 November
This summer everything has changed for him when he crossed more 2 thousand of kilometers, a homecoming for the Florida native and a chance to escape the long shadow of Toronto teammate (and distant cousin) Vince Carter. Orlando Magic, in theory the perfect fit, without a superstar since the all-too-brief glory days of Shaq and Penny, Orlando was coming off a season in which 31-year-old Darrell Armstrong led the team in scoring. It wasn’t an awful team at all, they were a .500 team the last season, but with T-Mac this intrascendente days are over. His debut with Orlando jersey could not be better, 32 points, 12 rebounds and the win, this 21-years-old is demonstrated who isn’t just a good prospect, he is a reality in this league.
Conference Standings on 11/23
T-Mac has burst into the action with 22.5 points per game in 11 games but Magic haven’t discovered the way to win (4-8). So, tonight they have an incredible opportunity to knock on the door of the playoff with a winning in the Fleet Center in Massachusetts, again a poor Boston Celtics (5-6) with only two visible generators (Antoine Walker, 24-years-old and Paul Pierce, 23-years-old) and a Rick Pitino knocked for 2 consecutive years without playoff and his continuity in suspense.
Here this incredible battle for the regularity: https://mega.nz/#F!2gQTDIgY
Key: 9GDn4Zc4PYVQJGN2Alx2MA
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011240BOS.html

Day 4: Ode to update

“Old is always better” a mantra you have listened to in everywhere by everyone, but what does it means? Humans are in continuos evolution, new jobs, new friends, new partners but we are looking exactly the opposite, the so called “comfort zone”, a limit where we don’t have fears, worries or anxiety, only a feeling of peace. So it’s simple, if you are on your comfort zone, why should you change to the unknown? The answer is complex, but you need to update you every time because the other road is into the mediocrity.
Patrick Ewing arrived in New York City in 1985, a controversial first pick who changed the dynamics of an entire franchise. But in these fifteen years they haven’t win a title, a decadent historic. On the other hand, they have a great opportunity now to raise the Big Apple into the Olympus where they should never go out. The reality is that the project is over and they have to reset, they have to run away from the comfort zone instead of falling in the same old shadows of comfort.
Pat Ewing after a game in the Madison Square Garden
“The king is dead, long live the king!” Ewing has gone this summer, no regret, the old doesn’t have to be better, and the Knicks has the weapons to bomb this league, they only have to believe in their potential as the paradigm of city. They have to believe in this roster and step by step recover their glory.
Conference Standings on 12/03
In the Madison Square Garden, Knicks (11-7) will look for another win to find his own road into the glory, although the Los Angeles Clippers (5-13) need desperately a win. Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!PlwhyCQY)
Key: z8yp_IYGJrIGkwhQcz7Ddw
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012040NYK.html

Day 5: Sideshow Bryant

Sideshow - a minor attraction at a larger event such as a circus, fair, music festival or similar. Since I was a kid I always observe Sideshow Bob with a special curiosity. Why is he always trying to kill Bart or clown Krusty? Now, I understand this feeling, undervalued, you try to do your best every night, but the show never will be yours, you are only a good potential in the shadows of a bigger main character.
Kobe Bryant in his apartment in 1997
Bryant is one of the most skillful player in this league, has everything to be the main dish, every spotlight following him across the stage, but there are not enough light in Hollywood, Los Angeles to illuminate Bryant’s ego. Like in a drama serie every night it appears the greatest, the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal, snatching his shots, snatching his possession, snatching his light. But we are not talking just about a small sheep which will accept this role, Bryant has one of the most competitive minds, and since he arrived in Los Angeles with only 18-years-old, he knew his real position is with all NBA behind him, and Kobe, or the Lakers' leader in points, matured a lot since this not too far away day.
Player (This season) Games Minutes per game Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
Kobe Bryant 25 40.6 28.8 5.2 4.8
Shaquille O'Neal 23 39.9 25.5 13.2 4.0
Every effort has his recognition, and now Kobe is knocking on leading actor’s dressing room: “This is not yours anymore”.
Conference Standings on 12/16
In Air Canada Centre, Toronto we will see two contenders Los Angeles Lakers (16-9) vs Toronto Raptors (12-11). Which will fight more for the win? Here the match:(https://mega.nz/#F!HkpUCSTL)
Key: gVdg6lZy0fvDksjjhScImQ
Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012170TOR.html)

Day 6: Goodbye Little Moses

Born on 21st January 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem, formerly Akeem Olajuwon was a Professional NBA player for Houston Rockets. He is well known as one of the best centers to play in NBA so far. He has been the undisputed leader for Houston Rockets. He’s the first African in led one team to the title, Houston Rockets (first for franchise), He was considered a physical marvel starting in his days at the University of Houston, his aesthetic and productive play — highlighted by his Houston Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles — earned him a place among the game’s best.
Olajuwon vs O'Neal in 1995 NBA Finals
But everything has an irremediable ending, and Olajuwon is at the end of his career. His footwork isn’t dominating the league anymore, he is slow and only the leader in the locker room, with Steve Francis (23 years old) like the promising point guard that could guide this team in this decade.
Conference Standings 20/12
We only could celebrate this successful career with an important game against the Los Angeles Lakers (18-9) at Houston Rockets (13-11): (https://mega.nz/#F!3hwiUYxB)
Key: 8H_0LNUMonlikf3rrGYYVw
Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012210HOU.html

Day 7: Skinny G

Drafted No. 5 overall by the T-Wolves in 1995 out of Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illi., KG went on to become one of the game’s most accomplished big men. One could see 200 lbs and 7 feets and think immediately is a skinny player and should not jump directly from high school, but we are not talking about a coward. He is an agile and extremely aggressive 7-footer with excellent athleticism Incredibly fluid and coordinated for a player his size, able to run the floor and play like a guard at times, but still defend and rebound like a 7-footer.
Skinny G, 23-years-old, 3 times in all star game, All-NBA and All-Defensive (1st) last year, we are talking about the future of the NBA, and a reality now. So what could stop this highest-IQ player? His team, Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the worst franchise in all NBA.
1996, Marbury and Garnett playing pool
March 11, 1999, the beginning of the ending. Minnesota Timberwolves decide to trade Garnett’s friend, Stephon Marbury (21-years-old) for one pick draft and Terrell Brandon, one good player but not Marbury. We are talking about two player in the early twenty, friends, could dominate the decade 2000’s, but the worst franchise is planning totally different for Minneapolis city.
Conference Standings 12/25
Now we can see two teams in similar conditions, Toronto Raptors (14-13) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (15-13). Garnett vs Carter in Minnesota. (https://mega.nz/#F!DkgRUbwD)
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Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012260MIN.html)

Day 8: Miller for the three-pointer

One of the most underrated player, only 5 All Star, only 3 All-NBA, and Miller is 35 years old, time is counting against him and the Indiana Pacers. It seems like they achieved their peak last year with NBA Finals and they won’t be able again to catch this exploit.
Reggie Miller shouting a three-pointer after a match.
One generational player, I should talk about the greatest in one section, the line of three point. Since he caught be a starter, he has a 0.405 on 3-Point Field Goal Percentage in 5 attempts per game, nobody achieves these numbers. And I want to remember one special night for Miller when in a game 5 in 1994 against the Knicks he showed his best performance to the world. Game 5 confirmed Miller's status as the league's premier practitioner of the ancient art of jump shooting. Except for the free throws and one 15-foot field goal, none of Miller's shots came from closer to the basket than 19 feet. He made jumpers from both sides of the court, off the dribble and from behind screens, in heavy congestion and far from the madding crowd. One of his three-pointers was a what-the-hell heave from about 27 feet, but it was still a classic Miller jumper, arms extended above the head, elbow on the shooting arm (the right) slightly askew, eyes following the ball. (For the record, he did miss two of the 10 field goals he attempted in the period)
Conference Standings 01/04
Two teams in totally different points. On one hand, Sacramento Kings (21-8), a fresh leader in the west playing their best in a long time and for sure a contender in this decade. On the other hand, Indiana Pacers (14-19) , a decadent last-year-finalist of the NBA showing a poor level and for sure they should call to the update. Here this game: (https://mega.nz/#F!Kxo0Xa6D)
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Day 9: All Star Special

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Each decade has provided fans with numerous memorable and entertaining All-Star moments celebrated over the weekend that unofficially kicks off a season’s final push toward the postseason. Now we are in the capital of USA to watch some skillful players:
3-Points Contest. The main outstanding tasks for many players. One difficult shot maybe we don't understand a lot yet, but some players were so skillful, like we talked yesterday, Reggie Miller, 3-times-winners: Larry Bird, Craig Hodges or the last 2 times winners Jeff Hornacek.
Reggie Miller in 1990's 3-Point Contest
Here we can see the players were selected for this magic moment:
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Pat Garrity Orlando Magic
Peja Stojakovic Sacramento Kings
Rashard Lewis Seattle Supersonics
Byron Russell Utah Jazz
Dunk Contest. Last year we could see Vince Carter dominate this contest as the greatest in all time. It's more than a simple contest, it's the moment all kids stare the television and watch a moment will stay in their retina.
Vince Carter winner 2000 dunk contest.
Here the players selected:
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets
DeShawn Stevenson Utah Jazz
Desmond Mason Seattle Supersonics
Corey Maggette Los Angeles Clippers
Stromile Swift Vancouver Grizzlies
Jonathan Bender Indiana Pacers
Which players will make us forget the incredible Carter's dunks or the foolproof Hornacek? Here the answer to this question: (https://mega.nz/#F!P9REkQhA)
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Day 10: All Star Special 2

All Star Game have changed a lot in time, so we will talk about some remarkable moments:
The first All-Star Game in 1951. History was made in March 1951 when the NBA held its first All-Star Game, at the Boston Garden. As Richard Goldstein of The New York Times wrote in 2000, college basketball was left reeling from a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s, so then-NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen suggested the league create an All-Star Game similar to the Major League Baseball exhibition as a way to attract interest for the Association’s stars. Over 10,000 people journeyed to the Garden to watch the East defeat the West, 111-94. Boston’s Ed Macauley was named MVP of that contest.
Red Auerbach’s ejections. Nobody has to wonder if Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach cared about winning NBA All-Star Games. Following his retirement as coach of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach made history as the only coach ever ejected from an All-Star contest for arguing with officials in 1967.
Magic Johnson comes back in 1992. Between November 1991 and Feb. 9, 1992, Magic Johnson twice stunned the world. That fall the five-time NBA champion announced he was HIV-positive, and, as a result, was retiring from the Association. Fans nevertheless voted Magic into that season’s All-Star Game , the last of his career, and he returned for the contest played in Orlando. Johnson stole the show, as he tallied 25 points and nine assists, both game highs. A buzzer-beating three-pointer he drained with under 15 seconds remaining brought the crowd to its feet and cemented his legacy as the game’s MVP.
The west roster is formed by:
Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Webber Sacramento Kings
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Finley Dallas Mavericks
Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics
Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl Malone Utah Jazz
Antonio McDyess Denver Nuggets
Rasheed Wallace Portland Trail Blazers
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings

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The east roster is formed by:
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic
Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
Grant Hill Orlando Magic
Alonzo Morning Miami Heats
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Stephon Marbury New Jersey Nets
Jerry Stackhouse Detroit Pistons
Anthony Mason Miami Heats
Glenn Robinson Milwaukee Bucks
Latrell Spewell New York Knicks
Antonio Davis Toronto Raptors
Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
Theo Ratliff Philadelphia 76ers

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2020.01.08 14:03 Pitdog31 [OC] A Brief History of Player Empowerment

Of the 15 2018 All-NBA Team selections announced 18 months ago, 7 have since changed teams. That number rises to 9 for the 2017 All-NBA Teams, and doesn’t include notable travelers such as Boogie Cousins, Kristaps Porzingis and Chris Paul.
Termed the Player Empowerment Era by many, this period features more player agency than ever before. Basketball was once a sport where greats of the game retired young to pursue banking careers. Now, stars sign contracts worth hundreds of millions and partner with former AAU and college teammates to create dynamic duos and big threes. Superteams are created via DM, not through a GM’s phone.
Those playing in the modern NBA stand on the shoulders of giants, the power afforded to them the result of a long line of union action, holdouts, trade requests and arm-twisting. Below is a non-exhaustive history of player empowerment in the NBA, a collection of trends from 1946-now.

Early Days

The NBA’s (then the BAA) inaugural game took place on 1 November 1946, where the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Huskies 68-66. Personnel changes shortly followed. The first swap in NBA history occurred on 2 December 1946, when the Knicks traded 6’6 Center Jake Weber for Providence Steamrollers star Cash Considerations. A talent whose skills were first minted in Washington D.C., Considerations has since been involved in more trades than any other player.
The Cleveland Rebels and Toronto Huskies swapped Kleggie Hermsen and George Nostrand 2 days later, while Pittsburgh Ironmen coach Paul Birch shipped forward Moe Becker to Boston on December 12 after a falling-out, in possibly the league’s first personality-driven trade.
Overall, the early NBA was free of trade drama as players performed under shorter contracts and had little negotiating power. This changed as the next generation washed through the league.

Celtics at the Center

Like many NBA innovations, the trade demand can be traced back to the Boston Celtics. The 1950 Draft featured two future Celtic Hall-of-Famers, neither of whom were selected by newly installed coach Red Auerbach. 16th overall pick Bill Sharman was averaging 12.2 points per game as a rookie when his Washington Capitols squad folded after 35 games. When the Fort Wayne Pistons selected Sharman in the mid-season dispersal draft, he ran off to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers minor league team. He was traded to Boston before the start of the following season.
But it was Sharman’s backcourt partner, the diminutive son of poor French immigrants by the name of Bob Cousy, who made sweeping changes to player power. LeBron and Durant weren’t the first to align on- and off-court interests. In 1950 the Houdini of the Hardwood was establishing a driving school close to his Holy Cross home. His new team, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, were based in Moline and Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa, a distance far too great to continue operations. When the Blackhawks chose not to compensate him for this loss of income (a salary increase of $6,000 to $10,000 a season), Cousy held out. He was traded to the Chicago Stags, who folded, and then selected by the Celtics in a dispersal draft.
The first explicit trade request may have been from Celtics big Ed Macauley. Then a 6-time All-Star and 3-time All-NBA First Team selection, Easy Ed asked to be moved to St. Louis to be closer to his ill son. Auerbach and Celtics owner Walter Brown obliged him, sending him on his way along with future All-Star Cliff Hagan in exchange for a rookie center by the name of William Felton Russell (I'll save the story of the NBA's social pioneers for another time). Empowering these early stars, the Celtics set the stage for future exercises of player autonomy.

The NBPA

Cousy became a founder and the inaugural President of the National Basketball Players Association in 1954. Commissioner Maurice Podoloff initially disregarded the union, and while a threatened strike in 1957 forced him to the negotiating table, owner-player relations remained frosty.
Fast forward to the 1964 All-Star game, the first to be televised. Now led by President (and Celtic) Tommy Heinsohn and unhappy with their treatment by new Commissioner J. Walter Kennedy, the players barricade themselves in the locker room. Their demands, previously ignored by the Board of Governors, include a pension plan, increased training support staff, and improved playing conditions. Lakers owner Bob Short yells through the locker room door, “Tell Elgin Baylor if he doesn’t get out there, he’s through.” Baylor stays put, Jerry West backs him, and the rest of the room follows suit. Kennedy and the owners give in. The threatened strike, which delays the game by a mere 15 minutes, is an integral step in legitimizing the union and player power. (For more on the formation of the Players Union, see the 4th chapter of Michael Schiavone’s book Sports and Labor in the United States).

Increased Player Autonomy and "[Blank] to L.A."

Much like today, the Lakers of the late ‘60s and ‘70s were a threat to steal generational talent. In 1965 the greatest offensive force to ever grace the hardwood, Wilt Chamberlain, was shifted from financially struggling San Francisco to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1968, now an NBA Champion and the league leader in both rebounding and assists, Chamberlain takes destiny into his own hands. With that, the Lakers are the beneficiary of the NBA’s first superstar-driven trade. Whichever reason you accept for the trade – a yearning to be part of a stable and winning franchise, teaming up with two all-timers in West and Baylor or his desire to live in a city where a black man could date white women – to that point Chamberlain was the biggest star to force a move to a contender. (Fun fact, Wilt was almost shipped straight from the Warriors to the Lakers much earlier).
Completely unlike today, the Knicks were a desirable destination in the early ‘70s. Both Wilt and Kareem flagged New York as a desirable destination, and Earl Monroe became one of the first young stars to force a trade when he jumped ship from the rival Baltimore Bullets just 3 games in to his 5th season.
Kareem followed Wilt’s lead in 1975. Kareem’s 6 years in Milwaukee had been fruitful. The Bucks won a title and 69.5% of their games with the “Tower from Power”, and their marquee big brought home 3 MVPs and a Finals MVP. Unlike Wilt he was not motivated by a dispute with coaches or ownership, the prospect of a superstar team-up or a sure title. Instead, Kareem – a towering intellectual, proud African-American and man of Muslim faith – did not feel welcome in Milwaukee. While an important step in player empowerment – never had the NBA’s best player fought to change teams in his prime – the move crystallized the still-prevalent fear that small-market organizations would lose talent to bigger metropolitan cities.

Rise of the ABA, Free Agency and the Merger

The ABA’s stylistic influence on the modern NBA is matched by its effect on player power. Unlike the NBA, the ABA allowed the drafting of underclassmen (and the odd prep wonder). The legal success of Spencer Haywood, the Sonics and the ABA against the NBA and NCAA removed the standing requirement that an NBA draftee be four years removed from high school graduation and paved the way for the current draft eligibility rules.
The rise of a legitimate rival to the NBA also increased the negotiating power of established players. In 1967 Rick Barry was fresh off a sophomore season in which he averaged 35.6 points per game and took his Warriors team to within two wins of an NBA title. Not content with his $30,000 salary or his owner’s negotiation style, Barry jumped ship. He joined the ABA’s Oakland Oaks (coached by his college coach and father-in-law Bruce Hale) for a 3-year, $500,000 contract and a 15% team ownership stake. While a court order forced him to sit out the next season, Barry’s move put the NBA on notice.
If the ‘70s were a litigious basketball sundae, then Robertson v National Basketball Association is the lawsuit cherry on top. Prior to 1976, NBA contracts contained reserve clauses, which gave teams a perpetual right to a player after his contract ended. This right lasted for his entire career unless he was traded or sat out an entire season to sign elsewhere. In 1970 union President Oscar Robertson brought a suit against the NBA alleging that the reserve clause violated antitrust law. The Courts ruled in his favour in 1976, ending an injunction preventing an NBA-ABA merger and effectively creating NBA free agency.
The post-merger NBA presented with its own troubles. Stars of different leagues and styles were now thrown together with fewer roster spots, minutes and money to split between them, and the new ability to move freely between employers until satisfied. The ‘77 Blazers, a generational group built on a selfless team game, were dismantled entirely not even 2 seasons later. After an injury-shortened, MVP-winning regular season in ‘78, Bill Walton took painkillers and suited up for a first-round match-up against Seattle. An x-ray taken after Game 2 revealed that Walton had played with a broken bone below his left ankle. Outraged at medical staff incompetence and unethical practice, Walton demanded a trade that off-season. When no trade eventuated, one of the game’s great centers sat out the entire 1978-79 season and signed with San Diego the following year (read Halberstram’s Break of the Game if you already haven’t).

The Players Take Control

The game grew enormously through the 80s and 90s, stimulated by increased cultural cache (thanks to the exploits of Magic, Bird and Jordan) and cash flow brought in through newly signed TV deals. Stars, now more recognizable than ever, began raking in endorsements. To better regulate team spending during the post-merger flux, the NBA instituted a salary cap for the 1984-85 season. Whether due to the money, the media or the model of those before, player-initiated movement became increasingly common. Even if we didn’t have a term for it at the time, the concept of player empowerment was truly born in the ‘90s.
Spurred by a pre-rookie scale spike in salary, younger players began to exert negotiating power earlier and more flagrantly than ever. Having finished his first season as the NBA's highest-paid player, Derrick Coleman requested a trade from New Jersey. Upon landing in Philly, he almost immediately began broadcasting his desire to play for a contender.
Disgruntled talent became younger and younger as the era wore on. Alonzo Mourning wriggled his way to South Beach in search of a pay raise, while Stephon Marbury wanted to go home. Chris Webber exercised a sophomoric escape clause and Steve Francis threatened to hold out before signing his rookie deal. Others like Kenny Anderson simply refused to report to their new teams. Some exercised it with newfound negotiating savvy, others with incompetence, and Latrell Sprewell, well...
Not that the veterans were setting a flawless example of heartfelt team loyalty. All-timers Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon both requested trades in 1992, Dennis Rodman played contender bingo jumping from Detroit to San Antonio to Chicago to L.A., and even seven-time All-Star Jack Sikma got in on the action. Late 90s ring-chasers (notably Rockets best buds Pippen and Barkley again) didn’t help growing negative perceptions of player disloyalty.

Lockout and Rethink

The view of a league that was young, brash and overpaid was, in part, paired with public misunderstanding of the NBA’s hip-hop era. A brief work stoppage in 1996 belied much bigger problems than a middle-aged fan’s discomfort with chains and baggy pants.
The primary issue during the 1998-99 lockout was that of the ballooning player salaries, and the loopholes which teams were both willfully and reluctantly jumping through to retain talent. The 204-day lockout brought many of the key salary rules that govern the NBA today. The rookie pay scale, maximum salary and duration for contracts, a raised minimum salary, two new exemptions (at an average- and median-salary), the luxury tax and restrictions on the Bird exception were all first signed in to the post-lockout CBA (see Paul D. Staudohar’s summary).
Post-lockout trade demands were often drawn out and extremely unpopular when they did happen. Vince Carter was reviled in Toronto for years after submarining the Raptors, while Kobe’s excursions into free agency and trade demands were thankfully overshadowed by the delivery of Pau Gasol and two titles.

The Decision and Another Lockout

Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard may have had been at the center of high-profile trades, but one ‘10s transaction stands alone. The biggest free agent signing since Shaq, LeBron’s move to Miami shook the league up like few off-court moments ever have or will. There are many great pieces on The Decision (Bryan Curtis’ 2018 work is a personal favorite) so I’ll leave this short: growing up in a 6-ringed, Jordan-shaped shadow, LeBron’s move felt like the first star free agency move primarily and explicitly driven by legacy. From 2010-on every trade requested or contract signed was a decision about both basketball and brand. Successfully weathering a period as one of the world’s most disliked athletes and returning to the general public’s good graces, LeBron paved the way for later free agency moves from Durant, Kawhi and others.
The 2011 lockout brought a few minor, yet important changes. Simply put, the owners claimed they were losing money, and wanted a more even split of basketball related income (players had 57% at that point). This is the most notable instance of players losing ground in a union-league conflict. Other agreed changes included the Derrick Rose rule and the further reduction of max contract length. Unlike the previous lockout, players were proactive in finding ways to keep fit. Many signed internationally, most notably All-Star Deron Williams with Turkish side Beşiktaş, prompting brief hysteria about European teams snatching LeBron/Kobe-tier players.
The final key salary cap rule change of the last decade is the Supermax rule. Negotiated during the 2016 CBA Negotiations, teams may re-sign players who meet certain experience, award and other criteria to 35% of the salary cap. Teams and players have differed in their decisions to offer and accept/reject it respectively, and a determination of the Supermax’s success is worthy of both its own analysis and a longer trial period. For today’s purposes, note that Anthony Davis, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard effectively turned down the Supermax when they requested trades. Such decisions suggest two things. Firstly, there may be a point where increases in salary are no longer a factor in a player’s decision to sign. Secondly, players are making decisions not primarily motivated by financial gain. Further analysis of both these points should prove useful.

Conclusion

The NBA is experiencing a period characterized by regular player movement. Higher yearly salaries, shorter contracts and increases in off-court opportunities have all contributed to the rise in player movement in the past decade. The most recent off-season, where approximately 40% of the league entered free agency, may prove this trend’s zenith or set a new norm. Players are valuing security, ensuring their current contract and almost immediately positioning for their next (or for a trade). Increased salaries now seem to be approaching a point where further increase has negligible impact on player decisions compared to non-monetary factors, particularly among max-level players.
While the origins of the Player Empowerment Era are evident in the ‘90s, players of the late ‘10s and early ‘20s have shown the ability to negotiate and brand-manage with far greater strategy and savvy. The sheer number of today’s players and stars changing teams may be unprecedented but, given the NBA’s historical trends, is not unexpected or unforeseeable.
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2018.09.10 16:53 ShitoshiSan The Battle of the Ages! A simulated NBA tournament with the best historic players at every age!

While we all know the traditional format of "fantasy basketball" is either daily fantasy, or season long fantasy with a roster of current players...I think we should extend the definition.
What if we pitted the best players in NBA history on every team in a large fantasy tournament..the twist is we will be pairing players who we've calculated had the best seasons for their team at a specific age. Confusing? it's not! For example, we may pair the best age 26 seasons in Milwaukee Bucks history (Go Bucks!) vs the best age 26 seasons of the Golden State Warriors. We will then run a simulated 7-game series and determine a winner. The best seasons at every age were calculated by our resident statistician Xcel, a partner of Barack Lesnar Hoops.
Where do you come in? We want YOUR input. We want your predictions, your fantasy analysis, and to prove your fantasy knowledge is legitimate by guessing the winners correctly. The Reddit upvote system is perfect to capture the most popular predictions, and to see how they pan out.
Match-up #1: (All players are age 26)
• WARRIORS •
C - '63 Wilt Chamberlain F - '17 Draymond Green F - '90 Chris Mullin G - '17 Klay Thompson G - '15 Steph Curry (MVP) 6 - '87 Sleepy Floyd
• KINGS •
C - '17 DeMarcus Cousins F - '00 Chris Webber F - '04 Peja Stojakovic G - '65 Oscar Robertson (MVP) G - '75 Tiny Archibald 6 - '67 Jerry Lucas
Who will win? How many games? Who will be the MVP? What statistical feats do you predict? Simulation results will be edited into the post at 8PM EST!!!
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2018.05.15 02:36 jcoville 14 Panels from TCAF and the Doug wright awards

Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) 2018 (May 11 - 13) Note: Friday May 11th was Librarian & Educator day. For the general public TCAF was May 12-13th.
Link to everything is here, or you can listen to the individual panels below.
White as Milk, Red as Blood – Willow Book Launch (10:11, 9.33mb) Willow Dawson and Jennifer Lum explained how this book came together. Willow had learned that in 2012 500 new fairly tales were discovered and they were written by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth. Franz had worked under The Grimm brothers (author of the world famous Grimm fairly tales) and continued to write in their tradition after the brothers passed away. This book translates some of them and Willow illustrates what the fairy tales don’t say.
Understanding Canadian Comics (1:05:46, 60.2mb) Amie Wright and Lucia Cedeira started off by talking about Canadian Comic history from the 1800s to today. Then they went into what makes a comic Canadian and how The Joe Shuster Awards, The Doug Wright Awards and the Canadian Government defines a Canadian Comic. They discussed Canada Reads and the Essex County controversy, the classification of books by writer first and how that affects the listings of comics, they informed which publishers were Canadian and which titles are Canadian, spoke on trends in Canadian publishing and gave tips on collection development.
Academic Round Table (1:03:32, 58.1mb) Lindsay Gibb invited some of her academic colleagues Michelle Miller, Michael Jones, Barbara Postema, Jamie Lee Morin and Frederik Kohlert to discuss issues of comics in Academics. The room was set up with the chairs in a circle and several audience members joined in on the discussion. Among the topics covered were: Is their institution on board with comics? Comics being used outside of comics classes, introducing comics to co-workers and helping them incorporate them into their courses, Representation in comics to reflect their audience, Teaching corporate superhero comics, the goals of using comics in the classroom and how do they measure their success, resistance to certain books and Zine collections.
Books with Bubbles: Comics for Beginning Readers (36:57, 33.8mb) Kevin McCloskey went through the books he’s worked on and discussing how some of them came about, his new Snails Are Just My Speed! book and how snails are gender neutral, switching from doing children book type narration to using word balloons, the bias against comics from the catholic church, funny stories about bringing worms to events, sound effects in comics and recommendations for other books.
Convincing Parents, Teachers and other Gatekeepers (55:32, 50.8mb) Moderated by Scott Robins panelists were Michelle Miller, Leigh Hurtitz, Fatma Faraj and Amie Wright. The group gave their experience of how they encountered resistance to comics, what is advocacy in their day to day jobs, the main misunderstandings on comics, children repeatedly reading books, should we ask/make kids read prose books if they are only reading comics, how they deal with parents who are resistant to graphic novels, the 5 fingeword rule & why it’s bad and web comic recommendations.
Radical Application of Black Aesthetics (58:14, 53.3mb) David Brothers asks Ronald Wimberly questions about his thoughts on how the black body is depicted in pop culture. Ronald reads from his LAAP magazine in regards to that issue and other images he created in it. Why the depictions of the black body was bad and what their purpose was. They spoke briefly about the Cotton Club, the production of Cotton and it’s impact on Europe. There was just discussion on Jay Z’s The Story of OJ and the Sambo character. Other topics touched on was Anime and appropriation, seeing stereotypes as kids and changing it for modern audience (eg the Mammy character from Tom & Jerry cartoons), black women vs black men depictions, blaxpoitation done by white creators, the 1975 Coonskin animated movie, Donald Glover’s / Childish Gambino's This is America video, the White Gaze & David Chappel and Monsters & black bodies. Note: There is some swearing and racial slurs spoken on this panel.
Toronto Comics: Past, Present and Future (1:19:47, 73mb) Chris Butcher started off with an introduction and thanks to TCAFs sponsors. Mark Askwith interviewed Fiona Smyth, Michael Comeau, Hartley Lin, Georgia Webber and Ho Che Anderson. The group introduced themselves and explained why they moved to Toronto and if comics played a role in that. Some of the group reminisced on The Silver Snail and Vortex Comics. Seth, Chester Brown and Joe Matt’s work gets discussed. They spoke about at what point did they decide they wanted to do comics and what role did Toronto played in that. They talked about comics that represent Toronto for them, being depicted in comics that other people made, if/how Toronto influenced their work, what do they think of Toronto comics scene now and more.
Spotlight: Chris Reynolds and Seth (50:39, 46.3mb) Seth started by talking about discovering Reynolds work in a British anthology called Escape and then tracked down as much of it as he could. Seth interviewed Reynolds on a wide range of topics, among which were: Where Chris grew up, the intentions behind the work, the focus on children, his involvement with film, his childhood, his learning curve with comics, the level of detail in his art, his involvement with the British comics community, what he did after Escape ended, his love of Harvey Pekar’s work, how he designs a page, his parents and education.
Creators for Creators (45:17, 41.4mb) Nick Dragotta and David Brothers talked about their new Creators for Creators charity designed to give new creators $30,000 to produce creator owned work. They talked about why they created this award, being inspired by the Peter Laird’s Xeric grant, their submission process, they spoke about last year’s winner and how they are now being published by Fantagraphics, that they have several publishers willing to publish their winners, they announced who won the 2nd year’s grant and showed their work, they spoke about growing and how they want to have more than 1 winner, what they are doing to help ‘finalists’ of sorts in terms of pairing up really good creators with publishers, how they are providing mentoring to the winners based on their needs, Nick spoke about his own path through Marvel and how publishing via Image taught him about how much it costs to produce comics and what his worth is as a creator, they also mentioned that Spike C. Trotman is a big part of this endeavor. They also said they’d like to pair up this award with TCAF in terms of making future winning announcements here, giving the creators a spotlight panel and more.
Men in Comics (42:35, 38.9mb) This hilarious all female panel consisted of moderator Eleri Harris, Iasmin Omar Ata, Sanya Anwar, Sheika Lugtu and Caitlin Major. They spoke about their favourite male character, growing up (or not) reading comics by men, the affect of the web in evening the playing field in terms of who gets to make comics, writing male characters, drawing male bodies, male stories they don’t want to see, if they worry about objectifying men, writing male characters accurately within the power dynamic.
Couples in Comics (47:29, 43.4mb) Moderated by Glen Downey, the couples were: Brigitte Findakly & Lewis Trondheim (with translater Thomas Cote), Ananth Hirsh & Yuko Ota and Audrey Niffenegger & Eddie Campbell. They discussed how they became a creative couple, what have they learned from each other creatively, how they interact when they are working creatively vs when they are not, do they put their partner in their work in some manner, do they have a project they want to do together and when collaborating how much do they do themselves vs doing it together?
Spotlight: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell (59:46, 54.7mb) Mark Askwith moderated this panel. Eddie started off playing a video of all the characters of their new book Bizarre Romance. They then spoke about several topics including how their collaboration started, how did they divide the work as they are both writers and artists, if the 13 stories in the book was inspired by old music albums that always had 13 songs. They spoke about specific stories and which were their favourites, the supernatural elements in their work, getting married and moving in together as they were working on the book, colourizing From Hell and fixing mistakes in the art and they took questions from the audience.
Johnny Wander 10th Anniversary (57:18, 52.4mb) George Rohac interviews Johnny Wander creators Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota. Among the topics they discussed were their early auto bio work, using kickstarter to publish volume 3 and reprint volume 1 and 2, how Yuko had to teach herself how to draw using her left hand due to injury and the Offhand book that came from it, the design of their books, their merchandise, specific details of their books Cuttings, Lucky Penny, Barbarous, Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us Omnibus, their travel comics and their creative process.
Building a Comics Community (35:13, 32.2mb) On the panel was Sagan Yee, Olivia Ongai, Althea Balmes, Steven Andrews, Stephanie Wunderlich and moderator Gina Gagliano. They introduced themselves and what their respective communities were, discussed how their artistic community interacts with the fan/market community, the need for change to keep their community going, the benefits of face to face meetings, the fundamentals of building a community, the amount of work that goes into maintaining it.
2018 Doug Wright Awards (59:34, 54.5mb)
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2017.11.16 11:47 TheStateOfIt Random Driver Highlight #15 -- Nelson Piquet Jr.

Yep, this took a while. Partially because I'm looking for a new job following my spell in the army, but also because rFactor 2 is so damn good.
(Note: I am not sponsored by rFactor 2, Studio 397 or ISI in any shape or form. rFactor 2 is seriously amazing. Buy it now)
Anyway, I was so caught up in rFactor 2 that I actually forgot the first driver I randomly generated. Whoops. Nevermind, my second roll of the dice, #603, probably provides for a more interesting story...

Nelson Piquet Jr.

STATISTICS
Years in F1: 2008-9
Teams Raced For: Renault
Entries: 28
Starts: 28
Podium Finishes: 1
Points: 19 (10 under 9-6-4-3-2-1 system for fair comparison with history)
Highest Finish: 2nd (2008 German Grand Prix)
Different series he has raced in: Eighteen. I'm not bullshitting you here. Eighteen.

Part 1: Which girl were you from?

Okay, that headline was a bit mean and unwarranted to poor Nelson Piquet Sr., but when you've had seven children to four different women, it's pretty much apt for the playboy attitude that the elder Piquet has lived with.
Anyway, to answer that above question, it was the second girl, Sylvia Tamsma, former girlfriend of Elio de Angelis, that gave birth to Nelson Angelo Piquet Jr. on July 25th, 1985, just a few miles away from the Hockenheimring. Who knows what was going on at Hockenheim around that time, especially because the German Grand Prix that year was held at the Nurburgring a week later, not Hockenheim. Just something I found odd.
Anyway, it didn't take long after Piquet Jr.'s birth for the family to split up, leaving Piquet Jr. to live with his mother in Monaco. Then Piquet Sr. had another child with another girl. Then he got back together with Tamsma. And had two children, Julia and Daniil Kvyat's girlfriend. And then split with Tamsma again.
You got all that? Good.
Following that second split, Piquet Jr. went to live with his father this time, particularly as his mother thought of Brazil as a better place to grow up than Monaco and that the younger Piquet can grow up to be a racing driver, just like his dad.
And so, not long after his massive Indy 500 crash, Piquet Sr. held off racing full-time to support his son's karting career from 1993 onwards. Piquet Jr. spent quite a while in karting, but when the time came for him to move up in 2001, his father founded a brand new team, Piquet Sports, for his son to compete in the upcoming Formula 3 Sudamericana season.
Despite missing the first four races of 2001, Piquet performed exceptionally, taking one win that year. But come 2002, Piquet Jr. was the star of the show. 13 wins out of 18. Whew, lad. It was hardly impressive given the standards of Formula 3 Sudamericana, but 13 wins in 18 is nothing to be sniffed at.
What has to be admired, though, was the way Nelson Piquet Jr. arrived onto the Formula Three scene in Great Britian. In his first season there, he notched up six wins on tracks he didn't even know, not to mention a credible second place at the Formula Three Masters event at Zandvoort. Following this up by winning the British Formula Three championship the following season, everyone was starting to believe that this guy truly is the new Nelson Piquet.
Well, duh. It's his son.

Part 2: Winner of a World Cup event

So, 2005 comes around, and Nelson Piquet Jr. is still being shadowed by hid dad, taking him to greater levels of motorsport, all while making sure he had a drive by promoting his Piquet Sports team alongside his son. Partnering with Hitech Racing, the relationship between the two teams was rocky at best, with Piquet Jr. having his most trying season in motorsport yet, with a win at Spa Francorchamps being his only high point of the season.
So, in the off-season, he tried something new: The World Cup
No, you dummy. Not the FIFA World Cup. Or rugby. Or Cricket.
The World Cup Of Motorsport, A1 Grand Prix.
This absolute gem of a racing series, probably still the best concept for a racing series I have ever seen alongside the Speedcar Series, had drivers representing their home nations throughout the season, scoring points for their respective countries. Holding a similar prestige to Formula E nowadays, the series featured a few relatively unknown drivers like Basil Shabaan, many a future prospect like Piquet Jr. himself but also showcased some old Formula One talent as well like Jos Verstappen, father of Max, and Alex Yoong.
With the first race at Brands Hatch being shown to a worldwide audience, Piquet Jr. went ahead and showed himself to the world as the rightful heir to the Piquet name by taking pole, setting fastest lap, leading every lap in the sprint race and winning both races in that first event at Brand Hatch. Though it would be Team France that would dominate that first season and take home the World Cup of Motorsport, Piquet held his own until he was called back to GP2 duties for 2006...
HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!. A British prospect everybody is drooling over. Handpicked by McLaren from young. Everybody is saying he is the future. He is Lewis Hamilton.
2006 was going to be a tough title fight for Piquet Jr. He'd taken the championship in the second season of every series he ran in, but now was a different challenge. Piquet Jr., like Hamilton, was Brazil's prospect, their next Senna, if not the next Barrichello.
Early in the season, Piquet got the jump by winning the first feature race of the season at Valencia, and jumped out to a early season lead after Imola. But then Hamilton won both races at the next weekend at the Nurburgring, followed by another double win at Silverstone, and the championship swung well into Hamilton's favour. The title seemed well out of Piquet's reach, but then he did the impossible.
At the Hungaroring, he sat on pole for the feature race, then took the win and the fastest lap in both the feature and sprint races, a performance reminiscent of his name-making moment at Brands in A1 Grand Prix. He took the maximum points possible from that event, a feat only replicated a few years later by a certain Nico Hulkenberg. This helped him close the gap right up to Hamilton heading to the final event at Monza, where Hamilton still eventually won out.
Piquet Jr. ended 2006 on a high note, winning the Mil Milhas (*1000 miles) Brasil alongside his dad and two other fellows in the car whose names escape me at this moment of time. This wasn't his first achievement in endurance racing, coming in fourth in his GT1 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
So, present day, Lewis Hamilton is a four-time champion in Formula One. Nelson Piquet Jr. only has one podium to his name.
So, what happened?
Flavio Briatore happened.

Part 3: Fever from the Flavio

Right. Flavio Briatore. Him. I don't know about this subreddit's general consensus on the guy, whether he should be lauded for guiding the careers of several drivers like Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso among other or disgraced for his constant arrests on cases of fraud, cheating throughout his Formula One career or that image of him in a thong. (You find that image for yourself, I'm too kind to burn your eyes like that)
Personally, researching into what he did for Piquet Jr., I think he is a piece of shit.
Seeing how Flavio managed drivers to relative levels of success in Formula One in the past, Nelson Piquet Sr. signed his son on with Flavio Briatore for a management contract from 2007 onwards. Big mistake. For the entirety of 2007, Nelson Piquet Jr. was stuck being Renault's test driver for the full year. Unlike other dedicated test drivers in the likes of Gary Paffett, Briatore didn't allow Piquet Jr. to race in any other racing series, forcing him to churn the whole year putting in endless miles for Renault.
In 2008, Piquet Jr. finally got the nod to enter Renault's Formula One squad, but even then the promotion felt like a backhanded compliment. Fernando Alonso, following his one-season stand with McLaren and his infamous rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, made the jump back home to Renault to avoid the toxic situation at McLaren. Following this, Flavio Briatore opted to let go of Heikki Kovalainen from Renault, fearful that the Finn might provide competition to Alonso throughout the course of the season.
So Piquet Jr. was brought in. Simply because he was slower than the other person in contention for Renault's no.2 seat.
That's a new way of being promoted to F1, based on your lack of pace.
And early in the season, Piquet Jr. did indeed have that absence of pace, racecraft, or anything to keep his car on the road. Three crashes after the first six races. Only popping into Q3 just once in those first few races, something Alonso did for every race bar one. After the first few races, Piquet Jr. lost all attention from Flavio and co. as a new rookie driver that needs development, simply treating him as just 'the other driver in the other car', as Nelsinho puts it himself.
The 'other driver' that would overtake Alonso in the final few laps of Renault's home race to score his first points.
The 'other driver' that went on to take Renault's first podium of the year in Germany.
Granted, that podium came down due to Renault getting real lucky with their one-stop pit strategy, pitting just before Tim O'Glock brought out the safety car, but still. Piquet Jr. acutally led the race until three laps to go, when Hamilton dove past on the inside, but Piquet still guided the car home to a wonderful second place, just miles away from his birthplace, 5 days before his 23rd birthday. This was the result that would surely put Piquet Jr. into Flavio's good books...
No, no, nope. Flavio still placed most of the team's back behind Fernando, releagting Piquet Jr. to a true no.2 driver role. Piquet's second half of the season after Germany was marginally better than the first half, with a good run to fourth in Fuji on a day where the Renaults were strong. His season was still littered with accidents though, especially one in Singapore where his accident brought out a perfectly timed safety car for his teammate, Fernando Alonso, gambling on a risky strategy, on Alonso's way to victory, Renault's first in 2008.
And then came 2009. Incredibly, despite talk that a certain Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike would replace Nelsinho, Renault retained him for the next year. And that's where Flavio's assholish tendencies came through.
He promised Piquet Jr. that his testing environment will be exactly the same as Alonso's, with the caveat that if Piquet didn't score 40% of Alonso's points, he would fire him at mid-season. Clearly, the pressure was on Nelsinho's shoulders, but it seemed like he could achieve 40% of Alonso's points by mid season. Right?
Yeah, nope. Piquet was limited to three days of dry weather testing, clocking 2000 kilometres. Alonso, who requested more time with the car to get used to the 2009 regulations, amassed nearly twice as much distance during pre-season testing. Likewise, Piquet often claimed all his tests were on hard tyres, heavy fuel loads and a barely rubbered in track, something that would have hampered his qualifying pace in a real track situation, as Alonso got optimal conditions for simulated qualifying runs.
Whether if it was down to the lack of testing or just disappointing driving, Piquet Jr. barely left a mark on the 2009 season, apart from being the first Formula One driver to join Twitter. Briatore was starting to come down hard on Piquet, with all the upgrades going Alonso's way through the course of the season. Still, performances like in China, spinning off several times and requiring several replacement nosecones, gave Briatore some excuse to ignore the Brazilian.
Come the Hungarian Grand Prix, the same race where his teammate worked a minor miracle and placed his Renault on pole, Nelson Piquet Jr. could only qualify 14th. After an anonymous race, Briatore fired him from the team, having scored zero points in 2009, replacing him with said Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike, Romain Grosjean.
Piquet Jr. definitely wasn't fast. He was quite a lot slower compared to his teammate. Yet he felt he wasn't given a fair share of the deal.
And he was gonna let the world know.

Part 4: Biting Back on Briatore

The way Formula One drivers are nowadays, they always seem to talk good about the team (save Fernando Alonso and his Honda engines...), praising the mechanics, showing face to the team boss.
Piquet Jr. was never like that.
Even before he left Renault, you could tell he hated the team, or at least Flavio Briatore. In April 2009, he caught up with F1Racing Magazine to answer questions directed at him from subscribers of the magazine. Apart from saying he liked the Valencia Street Circuit (the madman), spoon fights with mechanics, and denying a modelling career vehemently, Piquet Jr. saved his harshest criticisms to a certain Italian boss...
Did you ever think your contract might not be renewed for 2009? Gregory Haines, Spain
Piquet: "...I think I managed to do the best job I could. Still, having Flavio as a boss isn't easy."
Flavio Briatore: Always fair? Always supportive? Andy Beaux Bottomley, UK (GREAT NAME)
Piquet: "Not always. He can be really tough and you need to be able to ignore the right things, absorb the right things and be able to judge everything"
Eddie Irvine said being in Ferrari with Michael Schumacher was like being hit over the head with a cricket bat for four days. How would you describe it with Alonso? Richard Ralf, UK
Piquet: "Well, maybe a bit similar! It's very tough, yeah. I would say it was nearly that".
Yep, Piquet also didn't hold back anything when mentioning his teammate. Mind you, he was still with Renault at the time of this interview. So when he got fired, my goodness me did Piquet Jr. explode. He released quite a lengthy statement, blasting Flavio Briatore as his 'executioner'. Here's the link to the full statement that, well, is quite damning.
There was one question from that interview, though, that stuck out...
People say you crashed deliberately in Singapore. Was it team strategy? Mathieu Villeton, France
Piquet: "[Laughs] Yeah, I wanted to try and kill myself to help Fernando get a podium. I pushed hard and I spun. The team called Fernando in at the right moment. Shit happens to me and he gets lucky. Like in pre-season testing this year!"
He answered Mathieu's question while in Renault.
Now though, Nelson Piquet Jr. was fired. And he hated Briatore.
Time to prove that one guy, Mathieu Villeton, correct.
You all have probably heard of Crashgate by now. For those that haven't, you are living under a massive rock. Go ahead and read the full wiki page that covers this entire controversy, but if you want a quick TL;DR...
Singapore, 2008. Renault gives Alonso weird pit strategy. It needs a safety car to work. They ask Piquet Jr. to crash to bring out said safety car. He even PRACTISED the crash during the warm-up lap. Alonso pits, then Piquet crashes, and Alonso wins. Now Piquet Jr. is fired. He goes ahead and reveals all. Briatore tries to accuse him and his father for attempting to blackmail Renault into hiring him back into the squad for the season's end. Piquet Jr. hits them with a truth bomb: "Because I am telling the truth, I have nothing to fear..."
End result: Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds leave Renault before getting banned from all motorsport involvement until 2011, with a further ban from F1 events until 2013. Could've been worse for Briatore, with his initial punishment being a ban for life on all motorsport activity. ING and Mutua Madrilena remove their sponsorship deals with Renault effectively. Piquet Jr. will never step into a Formula One car again, but at least he got the pleasure of seeing his 'executioner' punished for his involvement in the scenario.

Part 5: Ride Hopper

So what did Nelson Piquet Jr. get up to following his time in Formula One?
He made the simple, logical step to race in the Camping World Truck Series in NASCAR, obviously. And for a guy that raced single seaters for the majority of his life, he adapted quite well to pickup trucks. He was a constant frequenter of the top-10, and his 2012 season was doubly impressive, managing two wins and finishing in the top-10 on thirteen ocassions. That year, he also started a switch to the Nationwide series, winning one of his only outings that year at Road America in preparation for his full-time assault at the Nationwide series next year.
Unfortunately, his one full year at NASCAR's second tier wasn't remembered for his stellar drives or lack thereof. Instead, it's mostly remembered for Piquet Jr. imitating his father in the form of below-the-belt martial arts.
From there, his career went all sorts of directions. He made a few attempts at the Global Rallycross Championship, pulling a complete Scott Speed and actually being competitive off-road. He also had a very, very brief spell in both Indy Lights and Brazilian Stock Cars, managing one pole position in each series. He also attempted, earlier this year, to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rebellion Racing, actually managing to come in third overall, second in LMP2 class. However, it seemed that fate wanted to bite Piquet Jr. in the ass one more time, as officials disqualified the car, making illegal modifications to the floor of the car in previous attempts to repair it.
Finally, Nelson Piquet Jr. was signed by NextEV Team China to drive for them in the new, all-electric motorsport series, Formula E. In his first season, he finally achieved something in the motorsport world. After representing his country in the World Cup, his battle with Hamilton all the chaos in Renault, Crashgate, his words for Flavio Briatore, fisticuffs, below-the-belt kicks and his rallycrossing phase, Nelson Piquet Jr. finally won his first international championship, beating Sebastien Buemi by a solitary point to be crowned Formula E's inaugural champion.
His two years afterwards in Formula E may not have been as spectacular, but that one Formula E title, I bet, was all worth it.
Yep, another one down. I actually had to dig right through my F1Racing Magazine archive for this, the one time those magazines had been useful in my life. I don't know if I've portrayed Piquet in too much of a positive light, given how I think he's very, very crash happy, but I think he deserves Piquet Jr. deserves a bit of sympathy at the very least.
Oh, and buy rFactor 2. Have I mentioned it's amazing yet? (Once again, I'm not sponsored, blah blah blah)
My Other Random Driver Highlights:
#1, Edgar Barth
#2, Ken Richardson
#3, Gerhard Mitter
#4, Chris Amon
#5, Leo Kinnunen
#6, Rikky von Opel
#7, Roberto Bussinello
#8, Charles de Tornaco
#9, Moisés Solana
#10, Boy Hayje
#11, Roy Salvadori
#12, Alberto Colombo
#13, Ken Downing
#14, Sebastian Vettel
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2017.11.16 11:26 TheStateOfIt Tiquest

Yep, this took a while. Partially because I'm looking for a new job following my spell in the army, but also because rFactor 2 is so damn good.
(Note: I am not sponsored by rFactor 2, Studio 397 or ISI in any shape or form. rFactor 2 is seriously amazing. Buy it now)
Anyway, I was so caught up in rFactor 2 that I actually forgot the first driver I randomly generated. Whoops. Nevermind, my second roll of the dice, #603, probably provides for a more interesting story...

Nelson Piquet Jr.

STATISTICS
Years in F1: 2008-9
Teams Raced For: Renault
Entries: 28
Starts: 28
Podium Finishes: 1
Points: 19 (10 under 9-6-4-3-2-1 system for fair comparison with history)
Highest Finish: 2nd (2008 German Grand Prix)
Different series he has raced in: Eighteen. I'm not bullshitting you here. Eighteen.

Part 1: Which girl were you from?

Okay, that headline was a bit mean and unwarranted to poor Nelson Piquet Sr., but when you've had seven children to four different women, it's pretty much apt for the playboy attitude that the elder Piquet has lived with.
Anyway, to answer that above question, it was the second girl, Sylvia Tamsma, former girlfriend of Elio de Angelis, that gave birth to Nelson Piquet Jr. on July 25th, 1985, just a few miles away from the Hockenheimring. Who knows what was going on at Hockenheim around that time, especially because the German Grand Prix that year was held at the Nurburgring a week later, not Hockenheim. Just something I found odd.
Anyway, it didn't take long after Piquet Jr.'s birth for the family to split up, leaving Piquet Jr. to live with his mother in Monaco. Then Piquet Sr. had another child with another girl. Then he got back together with Tamsma. And had two children, Julia and Daniil Kvyat's girlfriend. And then split with Tamsma again.
You got all that? Good.
Following that second split, Piquet Jr. went to live with his father this time, particularly as his mother thought of Brazil as a better place to grow up than Monaco and that the younger Piquet can grow up to be a racing driver, just like his dad.
And so, not long after his massive Indy 500 crash, Piquet Sr. held off racing full-time to support his son's karting career from 1993 onwards. Piquet Jr. spent quite a while in karting, but when the time came for him to move up in 2001, his father founded a brand new team, Piquet Sports, for his son to compete in the upcoming Formula 3 Sudamericana season.
Despite missing the first four races of 2001, Piquet performed exceptionally, taking one win that year. But come 2002, Piquet Jr. was the star of the show. 13 wins out of 18. Whew, lad. It was hardly impressive given the standards of Formula 3 Sudamericana, but 13 wins in 18 is nothing to be sniffed at.
What has to be admired, though, was the way Nelson Piquet Jr. arrived onto the Formula Three scene in Great Britian. In his first season there, he notched up six wins on tracks he didn't even know, not to mention a credible second place at the Formula Three Masters event at Zandvoort. Following this up by winning the British Formula Three championship the following season, everyone was starting to believe that this guy truly is the new Nelson Piquet.
Well, duh. It's his son.

Part 2: Winner of a World Cup event

So, 2005 comes around, and Nelson Piquet Jr. is still being shadowed by hid dad, taking him to greater levels of motorsport, all while making sure he had a drive by promoting his Piquet Sports team alongside his son. Partnering with Hitech Racing, the relationship between the two teams was rocky at best, with Piquet Jr. having his most trying season in motorsport yet, with a win at Spa Francorchamps being his only high point of the season.
So, in the off-season, he tried something new: The World Cup
No, you dummy. Not the FIFA World Cup. Or rugby. Or Cricket.
The World Cup Of Motorsport, A1 Grand Prix.
This absolute gem of a racing series, probably still the best concept for a racing series I have ever seen alongside the Speedcar Series, had drivers representing their home nations throughout the season, scoring points for their respective countries. Holding a similar prestige to Formula E nowadays, the series featured a few relatively unknown drivers like Basil Shabaan, many a future prospect like Piquet Jr. himself but also showcased some old Formula One talent as well like Jos Verstappen, father of Max, and Alex Yoong.
With the first race at Brands Hatch being shown to a worldwide audience, Piquet Jr. went ahead and showed himself to the world as the rightful heir to the Piquet name by taking pole, setting fastest lap, leading every lap in the sprint race and winning both races in that first event at Brand Hatch. Though it would be Team France that would dominate that first season and take home the World Cup of Motorsport, Piquet held his own until he was called back to GP2 duties for 2006...
HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER!. A British prospect everybody is drooling over. Handpicked by McLaren from young. Everybody is saying he is the future. He is Lewis Hamilton.
2006 was going to be a tough title fight for Piquet Jr. He'd taken the championship in the second season of every series he ran in, but now was a different challenge. Piquet Jr., like Hamilton, was Brazil's prospect, their next Senna, if not the next Barrichello.
Early in the season, Piquet got the jump by winning the first feature race of the season at Valencia, and jumped out to a early season lead after Imola. But then Hamilton won both races at the next weekend at the Nurburgring, followed by another double win at Silverstone, and the championship swung well into Hamilton's favour. The title seemed well out of Piquet's reach, but then he did the impossible.
At the Hungaroring, he sat on pole for the feature race, then took the win and the fastest lap in both the feature and sprint races, a performance reminiscent of his name-making moment at Brands in A1 Grand Prix. He took the maximum points possible from that event, a feat only replicated a few years later by a certain Nico Hulkenberg. This helped him close the gap right up to Hamilton heading to the final event at Monza, where Hamilton still eventually won out.
Piquet Jr. ended 2006 on a high note, winning the Mil Milhas (*1000 miles) Brasil alongside his dad and two other fellows in the car whose names escape me at this moment of time. This wasn't his first achievement in endurance racing, coming in fourth in his GT1 class during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
So, present day, Lewis Hamilton is a four-time champion in Formula One. Nelson Piquet Jr. only has one podium to his name.
So, what happened?
Flavio Briatore happened.

Part 3: Fever from the Flavio

Right. Flavio Briatore. Him. I don't know about this subreddit's general consensus on the guy, whether he should be lauded for guiding the careers of several drivers like Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso among other or disgraced for his constant arrests on cases of fraud, cheating throughout his Formula One career or that image of him in a thong. (You find that image for yourself, I'm too kind to burn your eyes like that)
Personally, researching into what he did for Piquet Jr., I think he is a piece of shit.
Seeing how Flavio managed drivers to relative levels of success in Formula One in the past, Nelson Piquet Sr. signed his son on with Flavio Briatore for a management contract from 2007 onwards. Big mistake. For the entirety of 2007, Nelson Piquet Jr. was stuck being Renault's test driver for the full year. Unlike other dedicated test drivers in the likes of Gary Paffett, Briatore didn't allow Piquet Jr. to race in any other racing series, forcing him to churn the whole year putting in endless miles for Renault.
In 2008, Piquet Jr. finally got the nod to enter Renault's Formula One squad, but even then the promotion felt like a backhanded compliment. Fernando Alonso, following his one-season stand with McLaren and his infamous rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, made the jump back home to Renault to avoid the toxic situation at McLaren. Following this, Flavio Briatore opted to let go of Heikki Kovalainen from Renault, fearful that the Finn might provide competition to Alonso throughout the course of the season.
So Piquet Jr. was brought in. Simply because he was slower than the other person in contention for Renault's no.2 seat.
That's a new way of being promoted to F1, based on your lack of pace.
And early in the season, Piquet Jr. did indeed have that absence of pace, racecraft, or anything to keep his car on the road. Three crashes after the first six races. Only popping into Q3 just once in those first few races, something Alonso did for every race bar one. After the first few races, Piquet Jr. lost all attention from Flavio and co. as a new rookie driver that needs development, simply treating him as just 'the other driver in the other car', as Nelsinho puts it himself.
The 'other driver' that would overtake Alonso in the final few laps of Renault's home race to score his first points.
The 'other driver' that went on to take Renault's first podium of the year in Germany.
Granted, that podium came down due to Renault getting real lucky with their one-stop pit strategy, pitting just before Tim O'Glock brought out the safety car, but still. Piquet Jr. acutally led the race until three laps to go, when Hamilton dove past on the inside, but still, it was the turnaround result for Piquet Jr. in Formula One, the one to carry him through the rest of the season...
No, no, nope. Flavio still placed most of the team's back behind Fernando, releagting Piquet Jr. to a true no.2 driver role. Piquet's second half of the season after Germany was marginally better than the first half, with a good run to fourth in Fuji on a day where the Renaults were strong. His season was still littered with accident though, especially one in Singapore where his accident brought out a perfectly timed safety car for his teammate, Fernando Alonso, gambling on a risky strategy, on Alonso's way to victory, Renault's first in 2008.
And then came 2009. Incredibly, despite talk that a certain Jean-Pierre Jabouille lookalike would replace Nelsinho, Renault retained him for the next year. And that's where Flavio's assholish tendencies came through.
He promised Piquet Jr. that his testing environment will be exactly the same as Alonso's, with the caveat that if Piquet didn't score 40% of Alonso's points, he would fire him at mid-season. Clearly, the pressure was on Nelsinho's shoulders, but it seemed like he could achieve 40% of Alonso's points by mid season. Right?
Yeah, nope. Piquet was limited to three days of dry weather testing, clocking 2000 kilometres. Alonso, who requested more time with the car to get used to the 2009 regulations, amassed nearly twice as much distance during pre-season testing. Likewise, Piquet often claimed all his tests were on hard tyres, heavy fuel loads and a barely rubbered in track, something that would have hampered his qualifying pace in a real track situation, as Alonso got optimal conditions for simulated qualifying runs.
Whether if it was down to the lack of testing or just driver talent, Piquet Jr. barely left a mark on the 2009 season, apart from being the first Formula One driver to join Twitter. Briatore was starting to come down hard on Piquet, with all the upgrades going Alonso's way through the course of the season. Still, performances like in China, spinning off several times and requiring several replacement nosecones, gave Briatore some excuse to ignore the Brazilian.
Come the Hungarian Grand Prix, the same race where his teammate worked a minor miracle and placed his Renault on pole, Nelson Piquet Jr. could only qualify 14th. After an anonymous race, Briatore fired him from the team, having scored zero points in 2009, replacing him with Romain Grosjean.
Piquet Jr. definitely wasn't fast. He was quite a lot slower compared to his teammate. Yet he felt he wasn't given a fair share of the deal.
And he was gonna let the world know.

Part 4: Biting Back on Briatore

The way Formula One drivers are nowadays, they always seem to talk good about the team (save Fernando Alonso and his Honda engines...), praising the mechanics, showing face to the team boss.
Piquet Jr. was never like that.
Even before he left Renault, you could tell he hated the team, or at least Flavio Briatore. In April 2009, he caught up with F1Racing Magazine to answer questions directed at him from subscribers of the magazine. Apart from saying he liked the Valencia Street Circuit (the madman), spoon fights with mechanics, and denying a modelling career vehemently, Piquet Jr. saved his harshest criticisms to a certain Italian boss...
Did you ever think your contract might not be renewed for 2009? Gregory Haines, Spain
Piquet: "...I think I managed to do the best job I could. Still, having Flavio as a boss isn't easy."
Flavio Briatore: Always fair? Always supportive? Andy Beaux Bottomley, UK (GREAT NAME)
Piquet: "Not always. He can be really tough and you need to be able to ignore the right things, absorb the right things and be able to judge everything"
Eddie Irvine said being in Ferrari with Michael Schumacher was like being hit over the head with a cricket bat for four days. How would you describe it with Alonso? Richard Ralf, UK
Piquet: "Well, maybe a bit similar! It's very tough, yeah. I would say it was nearly that".
Yep, Piquet also didn't hold back anything when mentioning his teammate. Mind you, he was still with Renault at the time of this interview. So when he got fired, my goodness me did Piquet Jr. explode. He released quite a lengthy statement, blasting Flavio Briatore as his 'executioner'. Here's the link to the full statement that, well, is quite damning.
There was one question from that interview, though, that stuck out...
People say you crashed deliberately in Singapore. Was it team strategy? Mathieu Villeton, France
Piquet: "[Laughs] Yeah, I wanted to try and kill myself to help Fernando get a podium. I pushed hard and I spun. The team called Fernando in at the right moment. Shit happens to me and he gets lucky. Like in pre-season testing this year!"
He answered Mathieu's question while in Renault.
Now though, Nelson Piquet Jr. was fired. And he hated Briatore.
Time to prove that one guy, Mathieu Villeton, correct.
You all have probably heard of Crashgate by now. For those that haven't, you are living under a massive rock. Go ahead and read the full wiki page that covers this entire controversy, but if you want a quick TL;DR...
Singapore, 2008. Renault gives Alonso weird pit strategy. It needs a safety car to work. They ask Piquet Jr. to crash to bring out said safety car. He even PRACTISED the crash during the warm-up lap. Alonso pits, then Piquet crashes, and Alonso wins. Now Piquet Jr. is fired. He goes ahead and reveals all. Briatore tries to accuse him and his father for attempting to blackmail Renault into hiring him back into the squad for the season's end. Piquet Jr. hits them with a truth bomb: "Because I am telling the truth, I have nothing to fear..."
End result: Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds leave Renault before getting banned from all motorsport involvement until 2011, with a further ban from F1 events until 2013. Could've been worse for Briatore, with his initial punishment being a ban for life on all motorsport activity. ING and Mutua Madrilena remove their sponsorship deals with Renault effectively. Piquet Jr. will never step into a Formula One car again, but at least he got the pleasure of seeing his 'executioner' punished for his involvement in the scenario.

Part 5: Ride Hopper

So what did Nelson Piquet Jr. get up to following his time in Formula One?
He made the simple, logical step to race in the Camping World Truck Series in NASCAR, obviously. And for a guy that raced single seaters for the majority of his life, he adapted quite well to pickup trucks. He was a constant frequenter of the top-10, and his 2012 season was doubly impressive, managing two wins and finishing in the top-10 on thirteen ocassions. That year, he also started a switch to the Nationwide series, winning one of his only outings that year at Road America in preparation for his full-time assault at the Nationwide series next year.
Unfortunately, his one full year at NASCAR's second tier wasn't remembered for his stellar drives or lack thereof. Instead, it's mostly remembered for Piquet Jr. imitating his father in the form of below-the-belt martial arts.
From there, his career went all sorts of directions. He made a few attempts at the Global Rallycross Championship, pulling a complete Scott Speed and actually being competitive off-road. He also had a very, very brief spell in both Indy Lights and Brazilian Stock Cars, managing one pole position in each series. He also attempted, earlier this year, to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rebellion Racing, actually managing to come in third overall, second in LMP2 class. However, it seemed that fate wanted to bite Piquet Jr. in the ass one more time, as officials disqualified the car, making illegal modifications to the floor of the car in previous attempts to repair it.
Finally, Nelson Piquet Jr. was signed by NextEV Team China to drive for them in the new, all-electric motorsport series, Formula E. In his first season, he finally achieved something in the motorsport world. After representing his country in the World Cup, his battle with Hamilton all the chaos in Renault, Crashgate, his words for Flavio Briatore, fisticuffs, below-the-belt kicks and his rallycrossing phase, Nelson Piquet Jr. finally won his first international championship, beating Sebastien Buemi by a solitary point to be crowned Formula E's inaugural champion.
His two years afterwards in Formula E may not have been as spectacular, but that one Formula E title, I bet, was all worth it.
Yep, another one down. I actually had to dig right through my F1Racing Magazine archive for this, the one time those magazines had been useful in my life. I don't know if I've portrayed Piquet in too much of a positive light, given how I think he's very, very crash happy, but I think he deserves Piquet Jr. deserves a bit of sympathy at the very least.
Oh, and buy rFactor 2. Have I mentioned it's amazing yet? (Once again, I'm not sponsored, blah blah blah)
My Other Random Driver Highlights:
#1, Edgar Barth
#2, Ken Richardson
#3, Gerhard Mitter
#4, Chris Amon
#5, Leo Kinnunen
#6, Rikky von Opel
#7, Roberto Bussinello
#8, Charles de Tornaco
#9, Moisés Solana
#10, Boy Hayje
#11, Roy Salvadori
#12, Alberto Colombo
#13, Ken Downing
#14, Sebastian Vettel
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2017.10.11 13:40 Scientist34again Better Know a State: New York – discuss New York politics and candidates

Welcome to our 23rd Better Know a State (BKAS), which will focus on NEW YORK. As I indicated before, the plan is to do these state-by-state, highlighting upcoming elections, progressive candidates in those states and major issues being fought (with an emphasis on Democratic, Independent and third party candidates). State residents can let me know if I’ve missed anything important or mistakenly described some of these issues.
I particularly wanted to do this NY post now, because the deadline to register as a Democrat (or any other party) in New York State is this FRIDAY October 13. If you want to influence which of the candidates below is nominated to run in the general election, you must be registered in that person’s party by Friday. You can figure out if you’re registered here. If not, you can register online here or here with a driver's license or print out and send in this registration form. Forms in Spanish are also available here. For the mailed form, the registration rules in NY state are complicated. If you are a "new registration" (as in never registered to vote in NY before), your application must be postmarked by Oct 13th and received by Oct 18th. BUT if you are "changing your party", the deadline is a hard Oct 13th, it must be received by the 13th. Sorry this post is quite long. I would normally break this up into 2-3 posts, but I wanted to get all the races and candidates described prior to Friday.
Here’s what I’ve found about the various races:
United States Senators:. The Senators from New York are Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand is up for re-election in 2018. She has a very progressive voting record in the Senate (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 95%) and has introduced legislation each year to for paid family leave. She also supports Bernie’s Medicare-for-All bill in the Senate (S.1804). These are all pretty progressive things. However, when she was in the US House of Representatives, she was a member of the Blue Dog Democratic Coalition (conservative neoliberal Democrats). She was first appointed to the Senate, when Hillary Clinton left her Senate seat to become Secretary of State and her candidacy was supported by Clinton – link. Recently, she supported the bill to criminalize BDS, but later withdrew her support. As of now, she has 2 Republicans competing to challenge her, Rafael Jones and David Webber. There are no Democratic challengers.
United States House of Representatives: New York is the fourth most populous state and has 27 United States House Representatives, 18 Democrats and 9 Republicans.
NY-01: The incumbent is a somewhat moderate Republican – Lee Zeldin, who wants to repeal Obamacare, ban abortion past 20 weeks, defund Planned Parenthood and is against the nuclear deal with Iran. His district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there are five Democrats competing to challenge him - Elaine DiMasi, Perry Gershon, Brendon Henry, David Pechefsky and Vivian Viloria-Fisher. There is also one Republican candidate who is primarying him. Elaine DiMasi is a scientist at the Brookhaven National Lab. She supports clean energy, is against school privatization, wants to expand trade schools and wants to improve pre- and post-natal healthcare and infant mortality rates. She states a single-payer healthcare system is best, but then does not specifically state she is for it. Instead she says “I will work with the New York delegation and with all of Congress to create a healthcare system that puts care back into the hands of doctors, not insurance company bureaucrats. I will fight to eliminate rationed care and profiteering by drug and insurance industries, and I will fight to defeat any health care bill that includes financial aid for millionaires.” Here is her website. Perry Gershon has his own company that works in commercial real estate financing. He wants to stabilize the ACA and eventually move to a public option. He says he will “I’ll fight to expand efforts, like those already underway in New York state, to provide tuition free education at public colleges and universities for all Americans”, but he also talks of increasing Pell grants. Here is his website. Brendon Henry seems to have no website and I don’t think he is a serious candidate. This is the only article I could find about him, which says he’s a bartender. David Pechefsky is taking a leave of absence from working at Generation Citizen, a group that provides students with civics and democracy education. He has also formerly been a member of the New York City Council and worked with the National Democratic Institute (to promote democracy in developing countries). He supports Medicare-for-All, $15/hr minimum wage, free higher education, paid parental leave, spending on green energy and infrastructure and he is against unnecessary military conflicts. He seems a good candidate. Here is his website. Vivian Viloria-Fisher is a teacher and prior member of the Suffolk County Legislature. She seems particularly interested in fighting climate change, but her website doesn’t offer very much detail on that or other policies she might support.
NY-02: The incumbent is a conservative Republican – Peter King. He is a big supporter of the Patriot Act and supports enhanced interrogation techniques. He wants to keep Guantanamo Bay open. He has criticized Wikileaks and he was a co-sponsor of SOPA. He is against illegal immigration and has spoken out against radicalization of American Muslims. He voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Republican (non)-healthcare plan. He has supported the IRA in Ireland in the past. He has one Democratic challenger, Tim Gomes. Gomes is the founder and owner of an electrical manufacturing and distribution business. His website mentions the environment and gun violence, but no other details about what policies he supports. It would be good if a Berniecrat stepped up to compete for this seat.
NY-03: The incumbent is a very conservative Democrat Tom Suozzi. His Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 43%. His district is potentially competitive for a Republican. Primary challengers are Jon Kaiman and Josh Sauberman. There is also one Republican Dan DeBono and one Independent Costa Michailidis. Jon Kaiman may be this person, although I’m not sure, because I couldn’t find a campaign website. There is this, but it seems to be a joke page 🤔? Josh Sauberman also does not appear to have a campaign website, so may not be a serious candidate. Costa Michailidis is and independent candidate and cofounder of Innovation Bound, a company that does consulting on innovation and creativity. Here is his webpage, but it has no real details on the policies he supports (he’s currently listening to his future Congressional constituents to see what’s important to them). We could use a Berniecrat in this race too.
NY-04:The incumbent is another pretty conservative Democrat Kathleen Rice. Her Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 63%. She is a member of the New Democracy Resistance Army and the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal caucuses). There are no challengers yet.
NY-05: The incumbent is Gregory Meeks, a Democrat with a somewhat progressive voting record (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score =83%). He has co-sponsored the Medicare-for-All bill (HR 676). On the other hand, he is a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberals) and he was one of the Democrats who supported TPP. He was also the first Democrat to employ Imran Awan (and his brother Abid Awan and Imran’s wife Hina Alvi). He has no challengers.
NY-06: The incumbent is Grace Meng, another fairly progressive Democrat. Her Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is 85%. She is a co-sponsor of the Medicare-for-All bill (HR 676), which she signed in April. She has no challengers.
NY-07: The incumbent is Nydia Velazquez, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 96%). She is a co-sponsor of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). She has no challengers.
NY-08: The incumbent is Hakeem Jeffries, another Democrat with a progressive voting record (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 93%) and member House Progressive Caucus. He has also hired one of the Awan brothers (but unlike Meeks, he only hired Imran in 2014, while Meeks hired Imran Awan in 2004). He is one of the original co-sponsors of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
NY-09: The incumbent is Yvette Clarke, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 96%) and member of the House Progressive Caucus. She is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). On the minus side, she has had an association with two of the Awan brothers (Imran Awan and Abid Awan). She has two challengers, Earl Blum (Republican) and Joel Anabilah-Azumah (Independent). Anabilah-Azumah does not seem to have a campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. I couldn’t really find much else about him.
NY-10: The incumbent is Jerrold Nadler (D). Nadler is a member of the House Progressive Caucus and is very progressive (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 95%). He is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He has no challengers.
NY-11: The incumbent is Daniel Donovan, a somewhat moderate Republican. He is facing a primary challenger Michael Grimm (R). Grimm is the representative from the 11th district who was convicted of tax evasion and served time in prison (being replaced by the current incumbent Donovan). He wants his old seat back, so is challenging Donovan. There are also seven Democrats competing to challenge Donovan - Michael DeCillis, Michael DeVito Jr., Zach Emig, Boyd Melson, Max Rose, Paul Sperling and Omar Vaid. Michael DeCillis has had a varied career having served as a paramedic, police officer, civil litigation lawyer, and a special education teacher at various times. He wants to change the tax system to favor lower income people and to collect more from the wealthy. He is pro-union, anti-outsourcing and will work to prevent companies from stripping away worker’s pensions. He supports single-payer healthcare for all, the reduction of drug prices and fighting the opioid epidemic. He is against school vouchers. He seems a strong candidate. Here is his website. Michael DeVito is a former marine and says we should aim towards single payer healthcare, but the wording on his website is less strong in terms of support for single-payer than DeCillis. He is against school privatization. He also talks of a living wage (but doesn’t say how high that should be). Here is his webpage. Zach Emig is a computer engineer and bond trader, who supports higher minimum wage, unions, breaking up monopolies, fighting the opioid epidemic, etc. He says everyone deserves health insurance, but he doesn’t really state what type of policy he supports. Here is his website. Boyd Melson is a veteran and a professional boxer (although he retired and then returned to raise awareness about the heroin addiction epidemic). He has also worked with Congressmen Jose Serrano and Sean Patrick Maloney to advise which students should be nominated to the Military Service Academies. His website does not have any real detail on the policies he supports. Max Rose is a veteran and Chief-of-Staff for Bright Point Health, an organization that operates a health clinic, multiple food pantries, and several substance abuse programs. [Here](www.maxroseforcongress.com) is his website, but it doesn’t have much detail on the policies he supports. Paul Sperling works in real estate, investing in rental homes, flipping properties and property management. His website doesn’t mention Medicare-for-All, but he has written an op-ed supporting it link. Omar Vaid works on TV shows and movies setting up props. He is pro-union, against school privatization, wants to fund the arts, wants to work toward making public college debt-free, supports Medicare-for-All, wants to remove the cap on Social security, supports net neutrality, and many other progressive positions. He does not take corporate contributions to his campaign. Here is his website. In my mind, the two strongest candidates in this race are DeCillis and Vaid.
NY-12: The incumbent is Carolyn Maloney, a somewhat progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 86%) and member of the House Progressive Caucus. She is a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). She has no challengers.
NY-13: The incumbent is Adriano Espaillat, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 97%) and member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He is being challenged by one Democrat, James Felton Keith. James Keith is chairman of the International Personal Data Trade Association and also founded several other tech-related companies. He also “serves on boards at the New York County Democratic Committee, the Democratic National Committee, Out in Science Technology Engineering and Math, and NYC Black & Latino LGBT Coalition”. He wants to stop school privatization, provide free college tuition at public universities and colleges (paid for by tax on capital gains and financial market transactions), reform the immigration system, etc. On healthcare, he supports a public option, but about Medicare-for-All, he says “single-payer sounds like someone who couldn't get a date to the movies”. He seems quite an establishment Democrat primarying one of the most progressive Democrats in Congress.
NY-14: The incumbent is Joseph Crowley, a somewhat progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 85%). He is a co-sponsor of HR 676, although he only signed on in May. There is a primary challenge from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is a candidate for the Justice Democrats and for Brand New Congress. Here is her website. She is a Bernicrat and supports the Brand New Congress Platform of rebuilding American industry, building up green energy sources, repair infrastructure, free college tuition at public universities and colleges, $15/hr minimum wage (tied to inflation), Medicare-for-All, prevent price gouging on drugs, ending mass incarceration, legalizing marijuana, expand the Earned Income Credit, etc. Here is the full platform.
NY-15: The incumbent is Jose Serrano, a very progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 94%) and member of the House Progressive Caucus. He is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He does not have any challengers.
NY-16: The incumbent is Eliot Engel, a somewhat progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 85%). He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, which is a coalition of conservative, neoliberal Democrats, but despite that he is one of the original co-sponsors of Medicare-for-All (HR 676). He is facing a primary challenge by Darren Cole. Here is Cole’s campaign website, but it has no details on the policies he supports.
NY-17: The incumbent is Nita Lowey, another somewhat progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 85%). She finally co-sponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All) in July. She has no challengers.
NY-18: The incumbent is Sean Maloney, a very conservative Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 45%). He is a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal democrats) and he has not co-sponsored Medicare-for-All (HR 676). His district is considered potentially competitive for a Republican. So far, he has no challengers.
NY-19: Incumbent is John Faso, a somewhat moderate Republican. His district is considered competitive for a Democrat and there are seven Democrats competing to challenge him - Jeff Beals, Steven Brisee, David Clegg, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes and Pat Ryan. Jeff Beals is a teacher and former diplomat, who supports Medicare-for-All, reducing drug prices, free college tuition, increasing the cap on Social Security payments, paid family leave, fighting climate change and other progressive stances. Here is his website. Steven Brisee works for a company called Orchestria, which concentrates on preventing sensitive data from leaving organizations through e-mail, Web mail, and related channels, including blogs. He supports legalizing marijuana, providing free college tuition, lifting the cap on Social Security, fighting climate change, regulating drug prices and passing Medicare-for-All legislation. He also wants to re-evaluate the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, to make it less onerous for smaller banks. Here is his website. David Clegg is the Chair of the Ulster County Human Rights Commission and it seems like he could be a good candidate. Unfortunately, his website provides little detail on the policies he supports. Antonio Delgado is a former Rhodes Scholar and lawyer. He wants to close loopholes for more wealthy taxpayers, stop big companies from shielding profits overseas, fight Citizens United, increase the minimum wage (but he doesn’t say by how much) and make college more affordable (by increasing Pell grants and student loan forgiveness, not free tuition). His website does not mention Medicare-for-All, although he talks of negotiating drug prices and other policies to strengthen healthcare. Here is his website. Brian Flynn is a small business owner and likely fairly wealthy, since he loaned his own campaign $500,000 – link. He supports unions, paid family leave, Medicare-for-All, green energy, repealing Citizens United, tuition-free college education and other progressive policies. Here is his website. Gareth Rhodes is a lawyer and was formerly a White House intern in the Obama administration and a Deputy Press Secretary for Andrew Cuomo. He says that he will “fight to protect Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, and Social Security”. He is also against school privatization and wants a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United. Here is his webpage. Pat Ryan is a former intelligence officer serving in the Iraq war and currently owns a business that makes technology to “understand the combat landscape and track battlefield events in real time”. He has also started a separate company that helped the government combat cyber attacks. He is supported by the Serve America PAC, which seems to support military veterans running for office. Here is his webpage, but it does not have any details on the policies he supports.
NY-20: The incumbent is Paul Tonko, a pretty progressive Democrat ((Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 91%). He is an original co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). He does not have any challengers.
NY-21: Incumbent is Elise Stefanik is a somewhat moderate Republican. She is facing a primary challenge by Russell Finley. There are also six Democrats competing to face her - Don Boyajian, Tedra Cobb, Ronald Kim, Emily Martz, Patrick Nelson and Katie Wilson. Don Boyajian is a personal injury lawyer, who previously clerked at the US Attorney’s Office (NDNY), the NY Office of the Attorney General, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He supports paid family leave, a living wage (but doesn't say how much), relief from student loan debt, and supporting the ACA (no mention of Medicare-for-All). He is against privatizing Social Security. Here is his webpage. Tedra Cobb owns a company that specializes in “strategic and organizational development, designing and implementing leadership training, and providing English Language coaching to groups and individuals.” Here is her webpage, but it has no details on the policies she supports. Ronald Kim is a former Saratoga Springs public safety commissioner. He doesn’t seem to have a webpage. Emily Martz is a professor at Paul Smith’s College and a financial services employee. She supports a public option for the ACA, providing reliable rural internet and strengthening education. Here is her webpage. Patrick Nelson is a Berniecrat who has held a number of different positions in political campaigns, most recently Special Projects Coordinator in the office of New York State Assemblymember Phil Steck. He also has worked in a variety of day jobs to pay the bills. He supports Medicare-for-All, fighting the opioid epidemic, reducing drug costs, bold action on climate change, reducing student debt, a living wage, publicly funded elections, rank-choice voting, breaking up too big to fail banks, and many other progressive policies. He would be a good candidate to support. Here is his webpage. Katie Wilson owns a thrift and consignment shop. She wants a Medicare buy-in option on the Obamacare exchange as a bridge to universal healthcare. She also supports campaign finance reform, helping small businesses and investing in education. Here is her webpage.
NY-22: The incumbent is Claudia Tenney, a conservative Republican, who voted to repeal and replace Obamacare with the Republican AHCA plan. Her district is considered potentially competitive for a Democrat and there is one Democrat competing here - Anthony Brindisi. Brindisi is a State Assembly member. His website does not have a lot of detail on the policies he would support if elected.
NY-23: Incumbent is Tom Reed, a conservative Republican. He previously offered amendment to the House Farm Bill, which would have imposed a lifetime ban on food assistance through SNAP (foodstamps) for life for people convicted of certain violent offenses (I guess no matter how much a person repents, nor how old or sick they are, they don’t deserve any food). He also voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with the Republican AHCA. Six Dems are challenging - Max Della Pia, Rick Gallant, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Eddie Sundquist and Karl Warrington. There are also two Independents running - James Clasby and John Hertzler. Max Della Pia is a lawyer, who formerly held a top-secret security clearance while working for the Air Force and for Lockheed Martin. He also served as Special Advisor to the Commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, as a Brookings Fellow on the personal staff of the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and six months as an Air Force Senate Liaison Officer working for the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He supports an increase in the federal minimum wage indexed to cost of living, campaign finance reform and reversing Citizens United, defending Medicare and Medicaid, arming Israel and opposing Iran, opposing Russian influence in American elections, and fighting political corruption. Here is his webpage. Rick Gallant is a teacher and board member of the New York State United Teachers union. Here is his webpage, but unfortunately it does not have any real details on the policies he supports. Ian Golden owns a business that provides equipment for runners and triathletes and he is running for Congress by actually running across his district and visiting constituents. He supports Medicare-for-All and allowing negotiation of drug prices, opposes school privatization and paying 100% funding of 2-Year community college tracks for students whose families make less than $125,000/year (plus additional benefits for lower income students as described on his webpage is his webpage. He also supports campaign finance reform, voting rights, not allowing trade agreements in the ISDS provision and renegotiating agreements already in place to provide more worker rights and a job guarantee program for workers displaced by automation. He seems like a good candidate to support. Tracy Mitrano is a retired professor from Cornell University. She has a focus on internet-related topics such as providing affordable and accessible internet service, preventing government surveillance of US citizens on the internet and preventing Russian hacking of our elections. She wants to legalize marijuana and lower the drinking age to 18, but get tough on other drugs. On college education, she advocates the availability of loans from the government at zero interest (but no free tuition). She is open to the concept of Medicare-for-All. Here is her webpage. Eddie Sundquist is an attorney, who also serves as a founding board member and community trainer for the Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, a community advocacy organization focused on preventing crime and repairing communities through conflict resolution. Here is his webpage, but unfortunately it does not really say what policies he supports. Karl Warrington is a pastor and mental health therapist. He doesn’t seem to have a campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. James Clasby is an independent candidate. He also does not seem to have a campaign website, but here is his Facebook page. He’s not taking donations from corporations or PACs, but I didn’t find his other positions in a quick look at his Facebook. John Hertzler is another independent candidate who is Ulysses Town Councilman as well as an actor, teacher and screenwriter. He is interested in growing green energy, securing our voting systems, wants to get out of the Middle East and raising tax rates on higher income earners. He supports single payer healthcare. He seems like a pretty good candidate. Here is his webpage.
NY-24: Incumbent is John Katko, who is quite moderate for a Republican. His district is considered potentially competitive for Democrat. He voted to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, but he is one of only 20 House Republicans who voted against the Republican repeal-and-replace healthcare plan in 2017. There are three Democrats are competing to challenge him - Dana Balter, Philip LaTessa and Anne Messenger. Dana Balter is currently a PhD candidate and a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She supports Medicare-for-All, negotiating drug prices, building green energy infrastructure, paying a living wage (didn’t mention how much though), closing tax loopholes, reforming the justice system and other progressive positions. Here is her webpage. Philip LaTessa is a managing partner in TFS Capital Limited, a company involved with mortgage lending. I could not find a campaign webpage for him. Anne Messenger owns a business involved in providing coaching services for the CEOs of companies. She states that she supports the concept of Medicare-for-All and opposes school privatization and fracking. Here is her webpage.
NY-25: The incumbent is Louise Slaughter, a fairly progressive Democrat (Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score = 89%) and member of the House Progressive Caucus. She has co-sponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). She has no challengers.
NY-26: The incumbent is Brian Higgins (he’s my Congressman). I learned quite a bit about Higgins researching this. I had always had a pretty positive impression of him, because when I have contacted him about various things, he always seemed to be on the same side of the issue as I was (the progressive side). He is pro-union, wants to allow importation of cheaper drugs from Canada and allow the government to negotiate drug prices, wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts and wants to strengthen Social Security and protect it from privatization. During the negotiations for the ACA, he strongly supported including a public option. He is also a co-sponsor of HR 676 (Medicare-for-All). However, I found that his Progressive Punch Crucial Lifetime Progressive Score is only 77%, which is pretty conservative. And he’s a member of the New Democrat Coalition (neoliberal Democrats) which I never realized before. His Wikipedia page states “he often agrees with Republicans on issues regarding national security, immigration, and gun control”. He has no challengers.
NY-27: The incumbent is Chris Collins, a very conservative Republican. He was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump. He wants to repeal Obamacare. Right now, there are no Democrats challenging him, but there are two Republicans who are primarying him, Jim Banks and Frank Smierciak II.
Governor: The governor of New York is Andrew Cuomo. In the past, he has also run on the Working Families Party (WFP) line. This year the WFP has not yet announced their candidates, so it is unclear if he will again be running on their party line. So far only one candidate has filed a challenge, Libertarian Larry Sharpe. This webpage has a list of other potential contenders, but none have filed yet. Sharpe is a trainer, coach and consultant for multiple industries. He supports paying private prisons based on outcomes, not number of inmates and having colleges teach courses based on what companies want. He also supports marriage equality, reducing property taxes and other taxes, and reducing regulations and barriers for small businesses. Nothing about healthcare, minimum wage or free college tuition. Here is his webpage.
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any important candidates or issues.
In case you missed the previous BKAS posts, here they are:
Alabama
Utah
Alaska
Arkansas
California Part 1
California Part 2
California Part 3
California Part 4
California State Democratic Chair Race
Colorado
Arizona
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida Part 1
Florida Part 2
New Jersey
Virginia Governor and Senate Races
Hawaii
Wyoming
Idaho
Medicare-4-All Fundraiser
North Dakota
Georgia
Minnesota
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2017.09.06 08:24 namkcuR Ranking Characters: The One-Offs

(Friendly warning...if you haven't watched the whole series and don't want to be spoiled...probably don't read this whole thing.)
Hello all. I am new here, but a long time WW fan. I just recently finished probably my fourth or fifth full re-watch of the series. As I like to write, I wanted to try my hand at ranking characters. I wanted it to do it thoroughly, but I felt it would be better to divide them into categories and then rank each category. I've got One-Offs, 2-4 Episode Recurring, 5-11 Episode Recurring, 12+ Episode Recurring, and Regulars(anyone who ever appeared in the opening credits + assistants and press corps people who were in a ton of episodes). It makes it easier when you're ranking characters of relative importance.
So I'm starting with One-Offs - those times when somebody famous or somebody who would become famous would guest one time and one time only. This would obviously be the longest of any of these lists. I'm sure I forgot someone. This is going to be long, so I hope at least a few of you will get through it. And remember, this is purely personal preference, I'm sure no one will agree with all my rankings.
If this goes well, I'll post the other categories at a future date. Here goes nothing.
This bottom of this list is populated with very brief appearances by people who would go on to become more famous later on.
36. Staffer #1, portrayed by Eric Stonestreet // Season 2, "Bad Moon Rising"
A pre-Modern Family Stonestreet makes a blink-and-you-miss it appearance as a staffer.
35. Tom Starks, portrayed by Ty Burrell // Season 3, "The Women of Qumar"
A pre-Modern Family Burrell makes a brief appearance as...I'm not sure who he's supposed to be, a Congressional staffer or something, who takes a meeting with Sam regarding a national seatbelt law. Not very memorable.
34. MaryLou Meriwether, portrayed by Bellamy Young // Season 5, "The Stormy Present"
Pre-Scandal Young appears as a lawyer arguing to get copy of the Bill of Rights that was stolen at the end of the Civil War back for her state of North Carolina and against said copy being returned to Connecticut. Not much of a role, and a pretty boring side plot.
33. Heidi Choat, portrayed by Andrea Savage // Season 4, "Privateers"
An early role for Savage, playing the date of some guy at the party in this episode that the White House doesn't trust, so Donna was weirdly follow them around without telling them why. One of the odder subplots ever to be on the show.
32. Bobby Zane, portrayed by Noah Emmerich // Season 1, "Take This Sabbath Day"
Pre-Americans Emmerich - who, perhaps not coincidentally, was married to Melissa Fitzgerald, AKA Carol, at the time - appears for one scene, the pre-credit bumper, as one of the lawyers for the guy whose death penalty appeal just got rejected. He used to 'beat Sam up' in high school, so he suggests calling him to get the ear of the President. And that's it.
31. Tom Jordan, portrayed by James Denton // Season 2, "The Midterms"
Pre-Desperate Housewives Denton - for some reason billed as Jaimie Denton - appears as an old lawyer friend of Sam's who Sam gets to run for Congress, only to have the White House pull its support when it comes about the Sam's friend is a racist, at least when picking juries. A pretty nothing storyline, it's always felt to me like they were just trying to give Sam something to do in that episode.
30. Governor Tillman, portrayed by Ray Wise // Season 6, "La Palabra"
Veteran character actor Wise appears in two scenes as the Governor of California, whom Santos wants to share a stage with to create the appearance of the Governor's support. A pretty empty role.
29. Tyler, portrayed by John Gallagher Jr. // Season 4, "20 Hours In America"
Before he was in the Newsroom, Gallagher portrayed the kid that drove Josh, Toby, and Donna around in this episode. An affable, if not too bright, character. Good for some comic relief.
28. Congressman Donald Richter, portrayed by Mark Moses // Season 5, "Abu el Banat"
Pre-Desperate Housewives and Mad Men, Moses appears as a Congressman lobbying Bartlet to pay off the Sudanese to free a few of his constituents, allegedly evangelicals, that were taken hostage there. One scene, kind of meh.
27. Marion Cotesworth-Haye, portrayed by Helen Slayton-Hughes // Season 4, "Privateers"
I mean, her delivery of the line "I'm Marion Cotesworth-Haye", which sends C.J. into fits of inappropriate laughter, is just perfect. I rank for that alone.
26. Isabel, portrayed by Grace Zabriskie // Season 2, In The Shadow Of Two Gunmen
Zabriskie is a veteran character actress who here has one scene in a flashback as C.J.'s previous boss at a California P.R. firm. I don't mind this one, as she at least helps give some backstory to one of the show's most important characters, and illustrate the professional world C.J. came from before joining the Bartlet team, and the fact that she was in a lull, and not doing work that fulfilled her.
25. Meeshel Anders, portrayed by Gabrielle Union // Season 5, "The Benign Prerogative"
It's been a bunch of quickie, insubstantial roles up to this point. Now we're getting into the ones with more significant screen time. This one has always left a bad taste in my mouth. It feels like a textbook case of stunt casting. Union is a beautiful woman, but the character serves absolutely no purpose, it's just some forced whirlwind romance for Charlie for...I'm not sure what reason...even though he's supposed to have been in the process of getting back with Zoey at this point. And of course there's the plot point of Ms. Anders supposedly joining the press corps and then never being seen or mentioned ever again.
24. Burt Ganz, portrayed by Jeff Perry // Season 4, "Privateers"
Pre-Scandal and Grey's Anatomy Jeff Perry plays a guy who works for Kierney-Passaic, a company that deals with chemicals and waste - I'm not clear what exactly they do - who wants to defect and testify that the company has knowingly been concealing the amount of carcinogenic chemicals at some of their waste disposal sites, and he needs federal protection in order to do so. It's just a side-plot of no importance, but it's marginally more significant then what's come before it on this list.
23. Senator Chris Carrick, portrayed by Tom Skerritt // Season 5, "Constituency of One"
In one of the series' most unpopular storylines, Carrick is the Senator that Josh inadvertently pushes to change parties. It's an unfortunate storyline, but Skerrit delivers.
22. Senator Rafe Framingham, portrayed by Brian Dennehy // Season 6, "Ninety Miles Away"
I struggle with this one. It's one of the series' most unpopular episodes, but Dennehy is a legend and makes an impact as an old-school Senator who knew Leo way back when and has some dirt on him. My bigger issue with the plot is that it leads to some unnecessary and not entirely believable backstory involving Leo and Kate. It's not a great episode, but Dennehy is good enough to elevate the character up to this point.
21. Colonel Jessie Weisskopf, portrayed by James Morrison // Season 4, "Angel Maintenance"
The future James Buchanan of 24 fame makes a one-episode drop-in as, I think, the co-captain aboard Air Force One when an indicator light failed, making it impossible for the crew to know whether or not its landing gear is working. Pretty nondescript, but he plays the role convincingly, even if he's pretty much playing the same guy he'd be playing on 24.
20. Professor Lawrence Lessig, portrayed Christopher Lloyd // Season 6, "The Wake Up Call"
The only time an actor has played a real-life person on WW. Lessig is a constitutional law professor who ended up running for President as a Democrat in 2016(and not getting anywhere).
Neither Lessig nor the plot in which he is involved serve any importance to the story; it's just a one-off meditation on the enormity and complexity of drafting a constitution from scratch. It's an interesting idea to contemplate, and Lloyd is a great actor who gives the character, and the issue, the seriousness it deserves. Although it's still hard for me to see him as anything but Doc Brown.
19. Washington D.C. Mayor, portrayed by James Pickens Jr. // Season 5, "Full Disclosure"
A year before becoming Dr. Webber on Grey's Anatomy, Pickens played the D.C. mayer, making a visit the White House to lobby Bartlet to allow a pilot voucher program to go on in his city. Even though I'm against vouchers, the debate between the two is well-executed and Pickens brings the same strength to his role as he would as The Chief for so many years.
18. Attorney General Alan Fisk, portrayed by Dylan Baker // Season 5, "Abu el Banat"
Fisk is the Attorney General who, although mentioned a few times after this, is only ever seen this once. He's from the south, and he's against euthanasia, and is publicly saying so, going against the administration's policy, as he purportedly tries to start running for Governor of his state. It's made clear that Bartlet and Fisk aren't too fond of each other, and Bartlet gives Fisk a pretty good spanking in the end. The character's main virtue is vocalizing the opposing viewpoint on the hot-button issue of assisted-suicide. Baker fits the role of a more conservative, southern Democrat who would oppose it quite well, imo.
17. Hogan Cregg, portrayed by Evan Rachel Wood // Season 3, "The Black Vera Wang"
This is the only one-scene appearance that I'm putting this high, simply because I think Woods, especially at that age, was a charming young actress and exuded a warmth and innocence as C.J.'s niece in the midst of a heavy storyline. It's not an important role by any stretch of the imagination, but I always thought that Wood's brief appearance was a breath of fresh air in the middle of that storyline.
16. Senator Ricky Rafferty, portrayed by Mel Harris // Season 6, "Drought Conditions"
Thirtysomething alum Harris pops up as the sexy woman Toby is chatting up at the bar all episode long, and only at the end is it revealed that she is in fact the Senator Rafferty the he and Josh have been arguing about in flashbacks during the episode.
I feel like the addition of a sexy, intelligent, uber-liberal(she was described as being to the left of any of the other Democratic candidates) female Senator entering the field with Santos, Russell, and Hoynes would've been interesting, and would've loved to see the character appear again, but alas, she's never even mentioned again after this.
15. Talmidge Craig and Marco Arlens, portrayed by Donald Moffat and Matthew Modine // Season 4, "The Long Goodbye"
Probably a lot of people don't remember this one much, because a lot of people skip over this episode. On my most recent re-watch, I actually watched this episode for the first time in probably close to a decade. Talmidge is C.J.'s Alzheimer's-stricken father, and does a very good job of portraying the fear, frailty, and denial that come in the early days of having the disease. Modine plays a guy C.J. knew in high school, and with whom she has a fling to escape the stress of the situation with her father. Moffat does great work, and Modine's charisma sells his role, and they both add some depth to this portrait of the humble beginnings that one of the most powerful women in the country came from, and what she has to deal with in her private life while doing her job from here on out.
14. Ann Stark, portrayed by Felicity Huffman // Season 2, "The Leadership Breakfast"
Huffman is a great actress, and was already a veteran at Sokinese, having spent two years on Sports Night. I have no issue with her at all, but I'm not a fan of the character. She was a snake, she treated Toby badly, and what makes it worse, the Senator she works for declaring his intention to run for President in 2002 is made out to be a big deal, and yet is never mentioned again. But the fact that I remember her so clearly as a snake speaks highly for Huffman's portrayal, so it's in the top 20.
13. Nikolai Ivanovich, portrayed by Ian McShane // Season 3, "Enemies Foreign and Domestic"
A character that has no real significance to anything, but I just really enjoyed the portrayal of the aloof Russian diplomat negotiating with Sam about the details of an upcoming trip to Russia. You can tell McShane was having fun with the role. Like I said, no significance or importance at all, just really entertaining.
"It is freezing too cold in Rheykjavik, it is freezing too cold in Helsinki, it is freezing too cold in Staad..."
"I don't know what 'frumpy' is, but onomatopoetically, sounds right."
(explaining and gesticulating to his partner what onomatopoeia is) "Sounds like. Sounds like."
Good stuff.
12. Harry Ravitch, portrayed by J.K. Simmons // Season 7, "Duck And Cover"
Simmons has been a known character actor for many years, but has taken on a somewhat bigger profile in the years since this appearance in the final season of the West Wing, in the wake of performances in films like Whiplash.
Here, he plays Harry Ravitch, chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, who has a significant role in advising Bartlet during the nuclear crises which ultimately costs Vinick the election. Simmons has such screen presence and gravitas, and is totally believable in the role. It was a needed voice in one of the more pivotal storylines of the season, and he nails it.
11. Ted Marcus, portrayed by Bob Balaban // Season 1, "20 Hours In L.A."
Balaban is one of those guys whose name you don't know but who you recognize. He's played Phoebe's father in one episode of Friends, NBC executive Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld, and real-life NBC executive Warren Littlefield in the HBO film Late Shift(about the Leno/Letterman battle to succeed Johnny Carson).
Here, he plays a big-shot Hollywood producer who the staff must deal with during their trip to LA. He's gay, and he wants Bartlet to be publicly promise not to sign a bill banning gays in the military, and threatens to pull the plug on the big fundraising party he's hosting that the President is to attend unless he gets his way. It takes Bartlet himself yelling at him to get him to back off.
Balaban is at home in the role, and the character, and plot, serve to remind that this was a big issue not so long ago, and that we have made much progress in the realm of gay rights in less than 20 years.
10. Officer Rhonda Sachs, portrayed by Roma Maffia // Season 2, "Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail"
This character is of no importance at all, and is probably much too high on this list, I just have always liked her banter and rapport with Toby at the anti-free-trade rally in this episode.
SACHS Rhonda Sachs. They asked me to make sure you go home in one piece.
TOBY You fully trained?
SACHS Yes.
TOBY How many different ways you know how to kill a man?
SACHS How many different ways do I need?
TOBY I like you.
SACHS Thank you.
or
SACHS Take my nightstick and go kick their ass.
TOBY Yeah, make all the jokes you want but let me tell you something they claim to speak for the underprivileged but here in the blackest city in America, I'm looking at a room with no black faces. No Asians, No Hispanics. Where the hell's the Third World they claim to represent?
SACHS Lot of Third-Worlders in the Cabinet Room today, were there?
TOBY You're starting to bother me.
SACHS That's 'cause I'm armed.
TOBY No, I like that. I'm going outside.
You get the idea. I just like her spunk and always find her - and Maffia, who went on to star on Nip/Tuck - to be an enjoyable and entertaining presence with Toby, if brief.
9. Father Thomas Cavanaugh and Rabbi Glassman, portrayed by Karl Malden and David Proval // Season 1, "Take This Sabbath Day"
I'm including these two together, because they appeared in the same episode and essentially both argued against capital punishment, to Toby and Bartlet, respectively. I am 100% against capital punishment, and given Bartlet's decision, despite being against it himself, I feel it was important for these voices to be heard, for a Rabbi to plead with Toby to try to influence the President(while pretty much saying it doesn't matter what the Torah says about it, it's wrong), and for a priest that Jed has known since he was a boy to pretty much scold him for not doing the right thing because of politics and then take his confession. I love Malden's delivery of the story about the man who lived by the river. Also interesting to see Proval in a less violent role.
8. Jules Ziegler, portrayed by Jerry Adler // Season 4, "Holy Night"
I really appreciate this sort of random single appearance of Toby's father, a former mobster, who now as an old man, a grandfather, wants to mend things with Toby, who it seems barely speaks to his father and has profound issues with what his father did for a living a long time ago. I appreciate it because it offers a peek into Toby's psyche, and sheds some light on, at least partially, why Toby is the way he is, why he's slow to trust, why he defends his ideals so fiercely, why, as Andy put it later in the season, "you're too sad me for me. You're just sad. You bring the sadness home with you, and you're sad" and "You are. I don't know if anything can change that, but I can't."
The performance itself is a very good one. Adler wears on his face the torment of an old man who is ashamed of his past and who misses his son. Good stuff.
7. Will Sawyer, portrayed by Michael O'Keefe // Season 3, "War Crimes"
Sawyer is a reporter that, it is implied, was in the White House Press Corps at some point prior to the series beginning, has been reporting internationally, and has now returned to the U.S., somewhat against his will, and is now back in the Press Corps. It kind of feels like they thought he'd be back, at least on a semi-recurring basis, but he's never seen again. Anyway, the primary strength of this character is his defense of real journalism, summed up thusly:
"I don't like being a stenographer. And I don't like writing gossip. I read a column last week where a lady bemoaned the decade of scandals she's had to cover, as if the news was to blame for the quality of journalism. I don't know if there's ever been a more important time to be good at what I do. Can you imagine how much I don't give a damn about what Toby said to a staffer?"
A stinging criticism of journalists who care more about page hits than about real journalism, and one that, like so many things in this show, remains as relevant as ever. I wouldn't have minded seeing Sawyer pop up again.
Plus, his storyline led to one of the great Toby scenes, the "we're a team, you're my guys" speech.
6. Cathy, portrayed by Amy Adams // Season 4, "20 Hours In America"
In the season 4 premiere, we get see Amy Adams before she was Amy Adams, playing Cathy, the kind-hearted daughter of a farmer, who tries to explain the plight of rural farmers to Toby, Josh, and Donna while simultaneously trying to help them get home after being left behind by the motorcade. It is a testament to Adams' talent(she's become one of the great actresses of her generation, imo), effortless warmth and down-to-Earth-ness, and sheer likability that Cathy ranks this highly for me. She's not that much of a character, but Adams makes her completely memorable as a salt-of-the-Earth farm girl, a good daughter, and a good samaritan who gives up a day of her life helping these people, going out of her way to do so, and smiling pretty much the whole time. She's a ray of sunshine.
5. President D. Wire Newman, portrayed by James Cromwell // Season 5, "The Stormy Present"
This episode isn't everyone's cup of tea, but on my recent re-watch, I found it growing on me. Particularly the scenes with Bartlet and Cromwell's former President Newman. They were mostly debating the merits of of the U.S. trying to spread democracy in the Middle East and what that really entails. It was clearly inspired by the Iraq War, which was only a year old at the time of this episode's airing. It was a debate that was raging in real life, and I thought it was nice to see it be made the subject of an episode. The specific questions being asked - is it our place to spread democracy, is it even possible in that part of the world - and hard truths offered - that attempting to spread democracy to countries like this usually involves occupying said countries for a long, long time - are so, so relevant even today. It's really about how it's easy to invade or remove someone from power, but what happens the next day, month, year?
Another thing is the idea that no one can really understand the weight of the presidency other than a President or former President, and it's interesting to see Bartlet talk to Newman in a way he maybe couldn't with anyone else(and likewise how Bartlet reacts to the letter written to him by the deceased President Lassiter).
I thought Cromwell was, as always, very convincing as an authority figure, in this case a former President. He'd end up playing one again - Bush Sr - in Oliver Stone's W.
4. Judge Peyton Cabot Harrison III, portrayed by Ken Howard // Season 1, "The Short List"
The reason why Judge Harrison is so high isn't because I like the character so much. I didn't. I wasn't supposed to. No one was. That was the point of the character. You weren't supposed to like him, and Howard's portrayal hit all the right notes to illicit that reaction. He's a tall, imposing presence, a rich, stuffy man who looks like he comes from old money, a member of country club that was once whites-only in the not-so-distant past, perhaps a little racist, and the staff comes to find out, doesn't believe in a right of privacy. He's also pretty arrogant in the way he deals with people, including the President, in his White House visit. Yes, you wonder why Bartlet and his staff wanted this guy so bad, even Josh asks the question late in the episode, but you kind let it go for the sake of the story.
The character is set up to make Edward James Olmos's Judge Mendoza the far more sympathetic character in comparison, so that you get the feels when Bartlet finally picks the Latino cop who went to public night school to become a lawyer and then a judge, and everyone gives him a standing ovation.
And the character of Judge Harrison, and Howard's portrayal, accomplish the task perfectly. Probably not many liked the character, but I think most remember him more than most other one-offs, and that's why he's this high.
3. U.S. Poet Laureate Tabatha Fortis, portrayed by Laura Dern // Season 3, "The U.S. Poet Laureate"
So, I guess some people didn't like this character, but I did. She's this hyper-sensitive, intelligent, bohemian poet, and I'm sucker for women like that. Laura Dern is a great actress and really brings her to life. I feel her pain when she's talking about watching that kid die from stepping on a landmine. I feel how it haunts her. I don't know, it's not an especially important role, but it does it for me. Plus, it's nice seeing Toby have a crush(and C.J.'s reaction when she realizes this fact). I just loved the interaction between her and Toby and how real and human Dern made the character feel.
2. Judges Evelyn Baker Lang and Christopher Mulready, portrayed by Glenn Close and William Fichtner // Season 5, "The Supremes"
I think, in this particular list, just about everyone would have the same top 2, the only difference is the order.
"The Supremes" is often considered the crown jewel of the transitional, hit-and-miss season 5, and with good reason. To me, the overriding principle of this episode is the notion that two people with radically different political positions on nearly everything don't have to hate each other, than they be friendly with other and engage in passionate, respectful, challenging debates, and that such debates are important to keep a democracy healthy. The two characters are kind of inseparable from each other, so I'm including them together.
The Mulready character is spoken of throughout the episode like he's some kind of asshole because he's far right-wing. Yet when he finally shows up, he's thoughtful, respectful, and, in the President's presence, downright humble. Fitchner takes a man who everyone was supposed to hate, and makes him likable without comprising his political principles. That's good stuff.
But the real star here is Close, who is just dripping charisma and sophistication in all of her significantly more screen time than Fichtner. She plays the role so intelligently, so elegantly, so smoothly, that I fully understand why Josh and Toby love her so much. She manages to create a three-dimensional person in just a few scenes, and one who I'm fully sold on being the heir apparent to the liberal lion Justice Ashland. A bravura performance.
I just wish they'd been able to get her back for "Tomorrow". Chief Justice Lang is announced to swear in Matt Santos, but it's another woman, seen only from the back.
1. White House Counsel Lionel Tribbey, portrayed by John Larroquette // Season 2, "And It's Surely To Their Credit"
The thing about Lionel Tribbey is that, on paper, the character shouldn't work. Loud and abrasive, he's tonally different from nearly every character in the main cast. Everyone, most of the time, speaks to the President and Leo with the utmost respect, but this guy just shouts at them while waving around a cricket bat. But Larroquette is so good, and his delivery so on point, always stopping with pinpoint precision just before going too overboard, that he doesn't just make it work, he makes it one of the classic one-shot guest appearances that I've seen in anything. The number of quotes uttered by this character that everybody in the WW fandom knows automatically is something else:
"Holding it in my hand, Leo!"
"I was ready to take a vacation, Leo! I was going to go someplace warm, with a beach, somebody bringing me drinks with little umbrellas in them!"
"I believe, as long as Justice Dreifort is intolerant toward gays, lesbians, blacks, unions, women, poor people, and the first, fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments, I will remain intolerant towards him."
"The president of...what...asked you to hire her for my office?" (Leo) "The United States." classic head drop and then manic laughter
"Well, forgive me, sir, but when you have a few moments, I would like to discuss the hiring of a blonde and leggy fascist whose knowledge does not include the proper order of the alphabet for positions of the White House Counsel's office."
"Good men and women have worked in whatever room was available in this building, and have done so without complaint."
"It's from Penzance. Don't tell me about Gilbert and Sullivan."
The incredulous delivery of "Yes" when Ainsley asks if it's so hard to believe that someone would roll up their sleeves, set aside partisanship, and say, "What can I do?"
"Oh...yes. He can. Leave here, and don't ever come back. It's time for both of you to write your book now."
"Little drinks, I'm supposed to be having right now! Umbrellas, sticking out of them! Shish kabob!"
It's just a brilliant one-shot character, because beyond all the huffing and puffing, there are a couple moments where you realize that despite the tonal difference, he shares the same reverence for the place he's working as everyone else does. When he admonishes Ainsley for even kind of complaining about her office, and refers to how good people have worked in whatever room was available in this building, and when Ainsley points out that he left a cushy seven-figure job to come work for a president who was way too moderate for his tastes and that it could only have been out of duty, those moments show there's a dedicated public servant underneath the comedic facade.
Having said all this, it was the right decision not to bring him back for the MS storyline later in the same season. I don't know if that was about Larroquette's availability or if it was a conscious decision to go in a different direction, but I'm not sure the character would've been sustainable beyond this one shot, and Oliver Platt's Babish was a much better choice for that particular storyline anyway.
If you made it this far, I hope you enjoyed reading.
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2017.07.28 13:31 Swootonius [Fletcher] Post Draft Rookie Watch

Following the 1993 draft, albeit a lacklustre one in terms of top tier talent. Nonetheless there is a plethora of good players which can make a difference for their squad.
The Rookie of the Year Race:
To avoid controversy, I must preface this. I think Webber is the best player in this class. But is wasted in his situation, even if he starts there is a power struggle there in the front court.
Thus Penny is to me the favourite, Charlotte have an okay team and with Penny leading them he should put up the production necessary to lead Charlotte to a playoff spot. Following some decent off season acquisitions.
Jamal Mashburn was a good pick, he is solid and will hopefully produce in Atlanta. But the worries of him being there stems from the fact that Atlanta seem to be building for the future and efficiency wise, Jamal will probably struggle with little to no support.
Webber has been mentioned already, his situation is self-explanatory.
Isaiah Rider is potentially the best current player straight out of the draft outside of Penny and C-Web. His floor is very high for the 6th pick but doesn't flash as much potential as the 4 players drafted above him. Nonetheless Rider is a very solid player currently and could past expectations if Utah build a decent supporting cast.
Vin Baker at 7 (following a mismanagement of picks) is potentially the steal of the draft (yes potentially biased). But regardless he is a great rebounder and as a partner with Mashburn. He should eat the boards with Manute Bol or Dale Davis, it forms a good tandem in Atlanta. However was it worth trading that for Webber? Nonetheless Vin Baker should be a double double threat night in night out.
Potential darkhorses for top 5 Although I feel it unlikely for anyone outside of the top 5 to win ROY, it isn't impossible. Thus here are 5 darkhorses for top 5.
The upcoming season is one which comes with a tonne of intrigue, question marks and battles which will most definitely arise come regular season. Best of luck in FA, I will return around season's end depending on my exam schedule.
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2017.06.13 12:56 feedreddit TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols

TRUMP’S lunch companions today -- FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: Sergey Kislyak plays host for Russia Day -- the DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- GOP and DEM talking points on Sessions -- GOP to Trump: Don’t dump Mueller -- B’DAY: Eli Stokols
by [email protected] (Daniel Lippman) via POLITICO - TOP Stories
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Good Tuesday morning. FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: As Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell works to craft an Obamacare replacement bill, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP is having lunch today with 13 senators to “discuss the status” of the process. TRUMP’S DINING PARTNERS: Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), John Thune (S.D.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Mike Lee (Utah), Ted Cruz (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), John Barrasso (Wyo.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), Joni Ernst (Iowa) and Orrin Hatch (Utah).
-- HEALTH CARE STATUS REPORT: BURGESS EVERETT: “Senate GOP reins in expectations for killing Obamacare: Some Republican lawmakers are growing worried about their tight time frame for overhauling health care”: “Senate Republicans are aggressively trying to rein in expectations for their Obamacare repeal effort, wary of blowing a deadline or falling short of 50 votes on a promise that has driven the GOP’s political strategy for much of the past decade. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still aiming for an Obamacare repeal vote in June, though his lieutenants acknowledge that deadline could slip into July. And while GOP leaders want to hold the vote as soon as possible, Republicans continue to avoid hard deadlines and say factors outside their control could strike.
“‘It’s like having a baby,’ said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). ‘It’s not here yet, but it’s coming.’ … A public copy of the bill or the CBO score are not expected until just days before any vote, minimizing the ability of opposition to mobilize, aides said. If a June vote is not possible, Republicans hope to at least to have an agreement on a bill before heading home for the July 4 recess.” http://politi.co/2rlTGcD
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PLAYBOOK EXCLUSIVE -- SERGEY KISLYAK TRYING TO REPAIR FRAYED U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS: Embattled Russian diplomat Sergey Kislyak played host to Washington insiders and diplomats at the Russian Embassy Monday night, greeting guests one-by-one in a long receiving line at the embassy in honor of Russia Day. Attendees were encouraged to pose for photos with signs that said “I love Russia” and post them on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks.
The frayed U.S.-Russia relationship was clearly on the embassy’s mind as they handed out a pamphlet highlighting the two countries’ close relationship. On the cover: “As an American, I love Russia - friend of Washington and Lincoln.” At the top of the second page, there was this: “As an American, I love Russia because if not for Russia, there may not have been a United States of America.”
Russia’s top seven reasons for the close U.S.-Russia ties: “1. During the birth of our Nation, Russia supported the Thirteen Colonies in their way of Independence from Britain. 2. Russia helped preserve the Union during the American Civil War. 3. Alaska, California and Hawaii became States of the Union due to friendly US-Russian relations. 4. Russia was our ally in both World Wars 5. Russian International Peace Initiatives are the foundation of the United Nations. 6. Russian Arts and Sciences have enriched the world, and Russian Americans have made great contributions to American culture. 7. Russian President Putin was the first to call American President Bush to offer help and condolences after the tragedy of 9/11.”
SPEAKING OF THOSE CLOSE TIES -- “Russian Breach of 39 States Threatens Future U.S. Elections,” by Bloomberg’s Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson: “Russian hackers hit election systems in at least 39 states before Donald Trump’s election as president, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter, an attack on almost twice as many states as previously reported. The hacks were part of a wave of intrusions in the summer and fall of 2016, details of which were provided by the person and two others familiar with a U.S. investigation of the attacks. Hackers breached a campaign finance database in at least one unidentified state, they said, and tried to alter or delete data from a voter database in Illinois.
“The scope and sophistication of the attacks so concerned the White House that Obama administration officials for the first time used a dedicated communication channel -- the cyber equivalent of the nuclear ‘red phone’ -- to signal to the Kremlin that the attacks risked escalating into a broader conflict, according to two of the people. The U.S. also provided detailed documents it considered proof of an act of aggression, which they said met with a chilly Russian response.” https://bloom.bg/2rVU2p9
-- COMING ATTRACTIONS: “Senate deal to boost Russia sanctions seen as imminent,” by Elana Schor: “Senators are vetting the language of a bipartisan deal to punish Russia that would allow Congress to disapprove of any attempt by President Donald Trump to ease sanctions on Moscow, Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said late Monday. Whether the Tennessee Republican’s optimism translates into a vote this week remains to be seen, however, with Democrats declining to confirm that a deal is done.
“If the Senate can pass a strong Russia sanctions package, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) could both claim a measure of victory — while also dealing a blow to the White House, which has floated a possible deal to roll back penalties on Vladimir Putin’s government in exchange for further cooperation on anti-terrorism efforts.” http://politi.co/2tgm2li
FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: THE DAWSEY DOWNLOAD -- “One of President Trump’s closest friends spent several hours in the White House Monday and emerged to say on TV that the president may fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, and that it would be a ‘significant mistake.’ It was an only-in-Trump’s White House kind of moment.
“Senior aides said the friend, Chris Ruddy, was only speculating, and said Trump was unlikely to can the former FBI director. One official said Ruddy didn’t meet with the president -- but instead spent several hours with senior administration aides. ‘I wouldn’t take it too seriously,’ a White House official said.
“The reality is that Trump has sounded out associates about his concerns over Mueller -- and no one knows what he might do. Trump would be making a big mistake if he tried to fire Mueller, and they don’t believe he will, aides said. He has been warned against it ‘by almost everyone,’ one adviser said. But he is often governed by self-preservation. He hates losing control of situations. He often lashes out when he feels someone could damage him. Plus, surrogates have begun telling him what trouble Mueller could pose. He met several times with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Bedminster over the weekend.
“So, yes, it seems unlikely Trump will try to fire Mueller. But then again, no one expected him to fire James Comey.”
-- SPICER STATEMENT, delivered by email from Sean to reporters: “Mr. Ruddy never spoke to the President regarding this issue. With respect to this subject, only the President or his attorneys are authorized to comment.”
-- RUDDY DOUBLES DOWN, in email to us: “Spicer issued a bizarre late night press release that a) doesn’t deny my claim the President is considering firing Mueller and b) says I didn’t speak to the President about the matter -- when I never claimed to have done so. Memo to Sean: focus your efforts on exposing the flim-flam Russian allegations against POTUS and highlighting his remarkable achievements! Don’t waste time trying to undermine one of your few allies.”
-- THE STRANGE THING: The White House still won’t comment on if, in fact, the president is considering getting rid of Mueller.
BUT, BUT, BUT … -- “Republicans to Trump: Hands off Mueller,” by Austin Wright and Kyle Cheney: “Republican lawmakers have a warning for President Donald Trump: Don’t mess with Robert Mueller. Some Trump allies have begun agitating for Trump to fire the man appointed just last month as a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. … But that would be a huge mistake, Republican lawmakers said Monday. ‘It would be a disaster,’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ‘There's no reason to fire Mueller. What’s he done to be fired?’” http://politi.co/2rqdnvd
-- COME ON, NEWT! @ReaganBattalion: “Less than a month ago @newtgingrich hailed Mueller as a ‘superb choice’ with an ‘IMPECCABLE’ reputation. Today he says he can’t be trusted.” http://bit.ly/2sWRupg
HAPPENING TODAY -- “Sessions to face sharp questions on Russia contacts,” by AP’s Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump. The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russia probe.” http://apne.ws/2rquQ6D
-- WHAT NOT TO EXPECT: “Sessions won’t reveal information about conversations with Trump,” by Tara Palmeri and Josh Gerstein: “Jeff Sessions does not plan to reveal information about his private conversations with President Donald Trump during his testimony tomorrow before the Senate Intel Committee, according to sources close to the Attorney General. The sources said the former senator and Trump loyalist is unlikely to talk about any direct conversations with the president. ‘I wouldn’t expect the attorney general to discuss that,’ the source said. It was unclear whether the Attorney General would cite executive privilege as such, or simply say he wants to preserve the confidentiality of his discussions with Trump.” http://politi.co/2svFrly … The Sessions hearing is today at 2:30 p.m. in Hart 216.
THE TALKING POINTS …
-- Johanna Persing, RNC director of media affairs, emailed GOP communicators late Monday with a series of talking points for surrogates ahead of Sessions’ hearing. GOP talking points include: Trump has done nothing wrong; Sessions “continues to be open, honest and transparent;” Sessions’ meeting with Russian officials is standard practice; and asks surrogates to push for more answers on former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and fired FBI director James Comey’s interactions. The emailhttp://politi.co/2rqfSh6
-- Constance Boozer, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogate and media affairs, emailed “friends and allies” Monday afternoon with their own set of talking points ahead of the Sessions hearing. Topline message: Sessions needs to answer several questions and to step down. “The fact that he isn’t willing to appear before the Committee with jurisdiction over the Department of Justice, the Judiciary Committee, shows that ‘the cloud’ of the Russia investigation makes it impossible for him to do the job of Attorney General,” Boozer wrote. The emailhttp://politi.co/2rqbVci
WHAT TRUMP WANTS TO BE TALKING ABOUT -- “Trump’s White House wants to change the subject: Trump, smarting over coverage of Russia probes, thinks his administration doesn’t get enough credit,” by Matt Nussbaum and Josh Dawsey: “The White House has been spending more time trying to focus staff on weekly agenda items, two administration officials said. Senior officials have tried to cheer up younger aides by reminding them that ‘voters aren’t going to make their choices based on some hard-to-understand, he-said, she-said accusation,’ one said, adding that the White House believes voters will stand by them if the economy remains strong. ... Trump also inaccurately declared on Monday that he’d ‘passed more legislation’ than any predecessor besides Franklin D. Roosevelt. Harry Truman passed 55 bills in his first 100 days, while Trump had signed 48 by his 142nd day. Many of those have been to designate buildings or other less noticeable actions.” With a Josh Holmes cameohttp://politi.co/2rqik75
DEMOCRATS’ SILVER LINING -- “Trump hearings hatch Democratic stars,” by Gabe Debenedetti: “California Sen. Kamala Harris had the latest star turn last week, with her tough interrogation of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers and questioning of former FBI Director James Comey. Before that, it was Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, whose revealing cross-examination of Attorney General Jeff Sessions sparked a boomlet of fresh presidential speculation earlier this year. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner has seen his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee suddenly revive talk of his national prospects, which had faded after he laid the groundwork roughly a decade ago. ...
“The beneficiaries of the surge in attention aren’t limited to members of the key committees on the Trump beat — the Intelligence and Judiciary panels. First-term Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, for example, has been especially active in speaking out about the Russia probes and on immigration, leading to reports that the White House is now eying him as a potential 2020 opponent. Yet it’s the former prosecutors Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and California Rep. Adam Schiff who have been front-and-center in harnessing the party’s fury, largely because they’ve been the ones in the televised spotlight.” http://politi.co/2siKKny
DEPT. OF YA CAN’T MAKE IT UP -- “Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea,” by AP’s Eric Talmadge in Pyongyang: “Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang on Tuesday for the first time in Donald Trump’s presidency. He said he is ‘just trying to open a door’ on a mission that he thinks his former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ boss would support. Rodman, one of the few people to know both of the nuclear-armed leaders, sported a black T-shirt advertising a marijuana cybercurrency as he talked to reporters briefly before his flight from Beijing to the North Korean capital. Asked if he had spoken to Trump about his trip, he said, ‘Well, I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need. ...
“‘We are aware of his visit. We wish him well, but we have issued travel warnings to Americans and suggested they not travel to North Korea for their own safety,’ U.S. Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon told reporters after discussing the North Korean missile threat and other issues with Japanese counterparts.” http://apne.ws/2tguZuP
THE CABINET MEETING HEARD AROUND THE WORLD …
-- NYT’S JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS: “Mr. Trump transformed a routine meeting of senior members of his government into a mood-boosting, ego-stroking display of support for himself and his agenda. While the president never explicitly asked to be praised, Mr. Pence set the worshipful tone, and Mr. Trump made it clear he liked what he heard. ‘Thank you, Mick,’ he told Mick Mulvaney, his budget director. ‘Good job,’ he told Scott Pruitt, his E.P.A. chief. ‘Very good, Daniel,’ he said to Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence. ... In a video posted with the tweet, Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority leader, sat at a table with young staff members who, at his prompting, praised his performance on Sunday talk shows and the appearance of his hair. One repeated Mr. Priebus’s quotation word for word, prompting the senator and his aides to erupt into laughter.” http://nyti.ms/2tgdudT
-- @SenSchumer: “GREAT meeting today with the best staff in the history of the world!!!” http://bit.ly/2swimPy
HOW IT’S PLAYING -- Reuters: “At Trump’s Cabinet meeting, flattery is flavor of the day” http://reut.rs/2tfZHnK ... AP: “Who loves him more? Trump’s cabinet members gush at meeting”http://apne.ws/2rlNeCF ... WaPo: “Praise for the chief: Trump’s Cabinet tells him it’s an ‘honor’ and ‘blessing’ to serve” http://wapo.st/2rlwBXO ... Full videohttp://nbcnews.to/2rdiYWa
-- @ChrisLu44 (whose birthday was yesterday): “I ran 16 Cabinet meetings during Obama’s 1st term. Our Cabinet was never told to sing Obama’s praises. He wanted candid advice not adulation
WELCOME TO WASHINGTON -- “Melania Trump Leaves New York Behind for the White House,” by NYT’s Maggie Haberman: “Melania Trump will attend a congressional picnic in the final days of June. She will start filling out her roster of aides. She will get her son settled into his new home and, then, in the fall, a new school. And she will turn attention to the range of issues that a first lady has the ability to affect.
“For the first time since President Trump was inaugurated, his wife is living full time in the White House. She and the couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, left Trump Tower in Manhattan behind over the weekend, a transition that the first lady announced on her husband’s favorite medium, Twitter, after it was completed. …
“Mrs. Trump’s immediate focus is likely to be inside the White House, where her husband has become increasingly isolated from his party and even his own staff since his abrupt firing of James B. Comey, the director of the F.B.I. ‘She is the president’s never-ending barometer of reality, and she delivers candor and honesty blended with selfless love for him and his family in equal doses,’ said Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of the Trumps who has known the first lady since 1998.” http://nyti.ms/2swbS2V
-- WAPO’S KRISSAH THOMPSON: “Five questions about Melania Trump’s move to the White House”: “Will Melania Trump keep her husband from sending controversial wee-hours tweets? … Will she build an advocacy program, such as Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ or Laura Bush’s National Book Festival, or undertake any restoration projects in the White House? … How will Barron Trump’s presence change life in the White House? … Will Melania Trump engage with D.C.’s social scene? … How will Melania Trump leave her mark on the job?” http://wapo.st/2rVvblm
-- “Barron Trump’s ‘The Expert’ T-shirt sells out at J. Crew,” by The Washington Examiner’s Leah DePiero: “The T-shirt Barron Trump wore while exiting Marine One with his parents on Sunday as he and first lady Melania Trump officially moved into the White House has sold out on J. Crew as of Monday. The gray cotton ringer T-shirt with the words ‘The Expert’ in blue lettering gained attention after 11-year-old Barron paired it with dark jeans and sneakers on Sunday. ‘We’re sorry. This item has been so popular, it has sold out,’ J. Crew’s website said of the $29.50 shirt.” http://washex.am/2sndsEH
IT’S ALL HAPPENING -- “Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski shopping book – again,” by CNN’s Oliver Darcy: “Publishers were told to submit offers to Lewandowski's agent, Mel Berger of WME Entertainment, by a Friday deadline ... Berger was expecting to ultimately fetch seven figures for the book deal. It was not clear what Lewandowski’s book would be about. A proposal wasn’t submitted, likely to avoid details leaking to the public, the source added. Lewandowski previously had an offer from HarperCollins worth $1.2 million, but lost it over concerns about a nondisclosure agreement he signed during the campaign, Politico reported last June. This time around, however, publishers were told Lewandowski had been able to obtain a waiver of the nondisclosure agreement, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.” http://cnnmon.ie/2rd6Ft5
TRUMP’S TUESDAY -- He’s meeting with H.R. McMaster, lunching with members of the Senate and then will go to Milwaukee. In Milwaukee he will meet with “Obamacare victims,” speak about health care and tour Waukesha County Technical College. He will then hold a roundtable on “workforce development.” He’ll also speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Scott Walker before returning to D.C.
VIRGINIANS HEAD TO THE POLLS TODAY -- WAPO: “Just tuning in to Virginia governor’s race? We’ll help you do your homework”http://wapo.st/2swFRYR
THE JUICE …
[email protected]: “In other non-Mueller news, Ivanka Trump, who excoriated the ‘viciousness’ of Washington on Fox, made a visit with Conde Nast brass at 1WTC”
-- SPOTTED: FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER yesterday on the new Delta LAX to DCA flight in Delta One (first class), watching “Eight Days a Week,” the Ron Howard documentary about The Beatles.
-- PEACOCK UPDATE: The MSNBC shows “Hardball,” “Andrea Mitchell Reports” and “MSNBC Live” with Hallie Jackson have all moved to the NBC studios at 400 North Capitol. Yesterday was the first day in the new studios. They join Greta van Susteren’s “For the Record,” which has aired from the Capitol Hill location since its inception.
-- THE NRCC disclosed another $833,526 in media spending against Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s sixth congressional district.
WARRIORS WIN NBA TITLE -- L.A. TIMES TANIA GANGULI: “‘I remember plenty of times throughout my career I continued to just look in the past and look ahead and not stay in the moment,’ [MVP Kevin] Durant said. ‘In this series I just stayed in the moment. And we did it together. ... You call us a super team, but it’s been a lot of super teams that [haven’t] worked, and we came together and we continued to just believe in each other and we sacrificed and we’re champions now.’” http://lat.ms/2rdsl8so
NEW BUZZFEED INVESTIGATION (with six bylines) -- “POISON IN THE SYSTEM”: “The British government is suppressing explosive intelligence that Alexander Perepilichnyy, a financier who exposed a vast financial crime by Russian government officials, was likely assassinated on the direct orders of Vladimir Putin. Perepilichnyy, who faced repeated threats after fleeing to Britain, was found dead outside his home in Surrey after returning from a mysterious trip to Paris in 2012. Despite an expert detecting signs of a fatal plant poison in his stomach, the British police have insisted there was no evidence of foul play, and Theresa May’s government has invoked national security powers to withhold evidence from the inquest into his cause of death – which is ongoing. But an investigation by BuzzFeed News has now obtained fresh evidence that the authorities have deliberately sidelined, and has uncovered how Perepilichnyy spent his last days in Paris.” http://bzfd.it/2tfTF6z
MORE MCAULIFFE ON ISAAC DOVERE’S ‘OFF MESSAGE’ -- THROWING SHADE AT HILLARY -- “We, as a party, need to understand what happened,” the Virginia governor told Isaac Dovere in the new Off Message podcast, live today. “My advice would be to Hillary, ‘There’s enough people that will do that and get that information out.’” McAuliffe says she never asked him to join her PAC. He told Isaac he didn’t even know what it was called. Here’s the exchange: “What is the name of it?” “Onward Together.” “Terrific.” “Like ‘Stronger Together.’” “Got it,” he says. “Very clever.” http://politi.co/2rlFyQF ... Listen and Subscribehttp://apple.co/2nEa7y0
WHAT WALL STREET IS READING -- “Goldman’s Blankfein, Citi’s Corbat Duped by Email Prankster,” by WSJ’s Liz Hoffman and Telis Demos: “The chief executives of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. are the latest bank bosses to be hooked by an email prankster trolling top Wall Street brass, exposing a low-tech gap in banks’ cybersecurity armor. Goldman’s Lloyd Blankfein and Citigroup’s Michael Corbat, as well as Citigroup consumer-banking chief Stephen Bird, responded over the weekend to emails sent by the anonymous prankster masquerading as top executives at the two banks. The hoaxer ... on Sunday published screenshots of the exchanges on Twitter. ... None of the executives disclosed sensitive information in responding to the prankster, but the repeated episodes flag concerns about whether banks have done enough to guard against online threats.” http://on.wsj.com/2swiMW8
MEDIAWATCH -- “Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications,” by WSJ’s Deepa Seetharaman and Lukas Alpert: “Facebook Inc. may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news. The social-media giant is building a feature that would allow users to subscribe to publishers directly from the mobile app, according to people familiar with the matter. The feature, long-requested by publishers, is expected to roll out by the end of 2017 ... Facebook [is] leaning toward a metered-payment model, which would allow users to read some articles for free each month before prompting them to pay, three of the people familiar with the matter said.” http://on.wsj.com/2snc4Sy
-- L.A. Times national correspondent Nigel Duara is leaving for a role as a correspondent on HBO's “Vice News Tonight.” Duara, also an AP alum, will serve as a national correspondent, beginning June 19.
SPOTTED: HHS Secretary Tom Price drinking a beer at the Nationals game last night cheering on the Braves with some other HHSers. … Dr. Ben Carson yesterday on a Delta Shuttle from DCA to LGA, seated in Delta Comfort+ seat 7D ... Ivanka at LaGuardia yesterday near the gate for the DCA shuttle (with lots of Secret Service with her) ... Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) talking on his cell-phone yesterday afternoon in the Watergate Hotel library ... Ron Brownstein yesterday catching a foul ball at Nationals Park -- Doug Heye’s Instapichttp://bit.ly/2snwVVJ ... Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.) sitting at the head of a packed table off the lobby of 20 F Street, NW. …
… Ashton Kutcher and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sharing a stage at the 2017 Rotary Convention in Atlanta to discuss the issue of modern day slavery and the current efforts in curbing human sex trafficking around the world. Picshttp://bit.ly/2snyH9y ... http://bit.ly/2siO6H8 ... Laurel Strategies CEO Alan Fleischmann having breakfast yesterday morning at the Four Seasons with Stedman Graham.
OUT AND ABOUT -- Ed Cash held his semiannual Bipartisan Homeland Security reception last night at Clyde’s in Chinatown. The event brings together the homeland security teams from the Bush, Obama and now Trump Administrations. More than 350 guests attended the event and heard remarks from Secretary John Kelly, former Secretary Michael Chertoff and former Deputy Secretary Ali Mayorkas. Pic of Secretary Kelly addressing attendeeshttp://bit.ly/2tgIgDo
SPOTTED: Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, DHS chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen, White House OMB associate director Kathy Kraninger, Admiral Thad Allen, Chad Sweet, DHS assistant secretary for public affairs Jonathan Hoffman, FEMA deputy administrator Dave Grant, White House Military Office director Dab Kern, DC Homeland Security chief Brian Baker, Rich Serino, Christian Marrone, Will Booher, and many more.
SPOTTED at Dave Weigel’s book party last night at Black Cat to celebrate “The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock” -- $18.32 on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2s5zetB: Julia Ioffe, Asawin Suebsaeng, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Wesley Lowery, Olivia Nuzzi, John Hudson, Taylor Lorenz, Ezra Klein, Annie Lowery, Rosie Gray, Carolyn Fiddler, Bob Draper, Paul Kane, Josh Green, Kevin Robillard, Byron Tau, Rebecca Leber, Stephanie Slade, Jesse Walker, Matt Gertz, Peter Suderman, Meghan McArdle, Jim Newell, Tierney Sneed, Brian Beutler, Benjy Sarlin, Hadas Gold, Brendan Karet, Eric Boehm, Igor Bobic, Alyssa Rosenberg, John Tabin, Alex Parker, Eric Michael Garcia, Betsy Woodruff, Pema Levy, Travis Waldron.
ENGAGED --Patrick Crowley (of Dayblink Consulting, soon to be getting his MBA at UNC) popped the question on Saturday to AEI senior media associate Meg Cahill. “She gladly said yes to her longtime Notre Dame college sweetheart and AEI’s communications team looks forward to celebrating the happy couple when they return on our Dupont Circle rooftop!” After getting engaged, the couple then went on an already planned vacation to Puerto Rico. Pichttp://politi.co/2swlb35
TRANSITIONS -- Former Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is joining the board of directors of Feeding America, which is the nation’s largest hunger relief organization with 200 food banks serving every state. http://politi.co/2rm0K9j … Ashley Pratte has been hired to be the director of public affairs at The Herald Group; she most recently has been director of media relations and public affairs at the American Legislative Exchange Council. ... Constance Boozer, formerly of HFA (Brooklyn), is now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s director of surrogates and media affairs. She got promoted from within the office, where she’s been working since November. ...
... Marcel Lettre has joined Lockheed Martin as VP for national security. He previously was under secretary of defense for intelligence and has also worked on the Hill. ... Emily Hecht-McGowan is joining the Biden Foundation’s team as policy director for equality. She previously was Family Equality Council’s chief policy officer. http://politi.co/2rcVZuF ... Ed Murphy, a former researcher for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and the RNC, has joined Prospect Strategic Communications as the opposition-research firm’s newest partner. Ed will be based in Chicago, while the firm’s other two partners, Kris Anderson and Webber Steinhoff, are based in LA and D.C.
BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of Labor and longtime Obamaworld person who is now at FiscalNote and the Miller Center, turned 51. He celebrated by “cheering on the Nats and toasting birthday-mate George H.W. Bush, whose decency and integrity is sorely missed in the White House right now,” per our anonymous birthday tipster ... Michael Pollack, former clerk for Justice Sotomayor and future Cardozo Law professor (hat tip: David Helfenbein) ... (was Saturday): Ayesha Rascoe, White House reporter at Reuters (h/t Roberta Rampton)
BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: WSJ White House reporter Eli Stokols, Politico alum, the pride of Irvine, California and erstwhile Mile High resident. How he’s celebrating: “Just going out to dinner with my girlfriend, Elena Schneider. I’ve been told we’re going to Rose’s.” Read his Playbook Plus Q&A:http://politi.co/2sX56AP
BIRTHDAYS: L.A. Times political writer Seema Mehta ... former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is 73 ... Mike Norton, Arkansan, Truman/Marshall Scholar and former Hill intern ... Katie Biber Chen, Romney GC and Bush 43 alum now general counsel at Thumbtack in SF (h/t Sarah Isgur Flores) … Jimmy Orr ... John Del Cecato, partner at AKPD Message and Media ... Cathy McLaughlin (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Marissa Shorenstein, SVP of the east region at AT&T, one of the youngest senior executives in the company’s history (h/t Keri Kohler) ... Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) is 7-0 (h/t James Owens) ... Politico’s Margaret McGill ... William Lewallen ... Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) is 8-0 ... Leslie Hagar Small ... Neil Bernstein ... Bill Mergner, director at AQN Strategies ... Philip Rosenthal ... NBC alum Morgan Pitt, now an events coordinator at Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville ...
… Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to City Journal ... Ryan Rhodes ... WSJ alum Andrew Grossman, now a student at Wharton ... Jenny Eisen Verdery, yoga instructor and former lobbyist at Intel, celebrating 5-0 at Machu Picchu in Peru (h/t Stewart) ... Charlie Nichols is 15 ... Michelle Lee of WaPo’s Fact-Checker blog ... NBC4’s Eun Yang ... R. Brian Lewis, a good man from Nebraska ... Jim Fellinger, press secretary at Concerned Veterans for America (h/t Rebecca Coffman) ... Kirtan Mehta ... Lauren Mehta ... Sagar Vachhani … Alex Marino of Civis Analytics ... Andrew Lavigne ... Judge Neil Cohen … Sarah Hurwitz ... Margaret Shepard, managing director of 1776, celebrating in France (h/t Peter Cherukuri) ... Genger Charles ... Patrick G. Cronin ... Michelle Korsmo ... Patrick McGill is 31 ... Bill Buck is 5-0 ... John Eddy, partner at SourceRock Partners ... Jeff Siegel is 4-0 ... Junheng Li ... Rick Weidman is 71 ... Tony Varona ... Neil Bernstein is 51 ... WTOP’s Brian Oliger ... artist Christo is 82 ... Siegfried (Siegfried & Roy) is 78 ... Hannah Storm is 55 ... Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are 31 (h/ts AP)
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2017.06.11 06:02 tombstoneshadows28 All of the MPAA/CARA-rated films of 2003 (out of the 3,982 films released worldwide that year.)

G
  1. Blizzard (Director: LeVar Burton)
  2. Brother Bear (Director: Aaron Blaise + Robert Walker)
  3. Finding Nemo (Directors: Andrew Stanton + Lee Unkrich)
  4. Piglet’s Big Movie (Director: Francis Glebas)
  5. Quigley (Director: William Byron Hillman)
  6. The Adventures Of Ociee Nash (Director: Kristen McGary)
  7. The Jungle Book II (Director: Steve Trenbirth)
  8. The Legend Of Johnny Lingo (Director: Steven Ramirez)
  9. The Young Black Stallion (Director: Simon Wincer)
PG
  1. 1 Love (Director: Leon Gast)
  2. 3 pazeste (Director: Ovidiu Georgescu)
  3. A Light In The Forest (Director: John Carl Buechler)
  4. A Tale Of Two Pizzas (Director: Vincent Sassone)
  5. Agent Cody Banks (Director: Harald Zwart)
  6. Captain Sabertooth (Director: Stig Bergqvist + Rasmus Sivertsen)
  7. Chasing Papi (Director: Linda Mendoza)
  8. Cheaper By The Dozen (Director: Shawn Levy)
  9. Daddy Day Care (Director: Steve Carr)
  10. Day Of Defense (Director: Adam Lawson)
  11. Die Wilden Kerle: Alles ist gut, solange du wild bist! (Director: Joachim Masannek)
  12. Elf (Director: Jon Favreau)
  13. Freaky Friday (Director: Mark Waters)
  14. From Justin To Kelly (Director: Robert Iscove)
  15. Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Director: Masaaki Tezuka)
  16. Good Boy! (Director: John Hoffman)
  17. Holes (Director: Andrew Davis)
  18. I Am David (Director: Paul Feig)
  19. Johnny English (Director: Peter Howitt)
  20. Just For Kicks (Director: Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.)
  21. Kangaroo Jack (Director: David McNally)
  22. Kart Racer (Director: Stuart Gillard)
  23. Kitchen Stories (Director: Bent Hamer)
  24. Kung Fu Girls (Director: Alice Wang)
  25. Loco Love (Director: Bryan Lewis)
  26. Looney Tunes: Back In Action (Director: Joe Dante)
  27. Peter Pan (Director: P.J. Hogan)
  28. Pride + Prejudice (Director: Andrew Black)
  29. Radio (Director: Michael Tollin)
  30. Red Betsy (Director: Chris Boebel)
  31. Rugrats Go Wild (Directors: John Eng + Norton Virgien)
  32. Schultze Gets The Blues (Director: Michael Schorr)
  33. Secondhand Lions (Director: Tim McCanlies)
  34. Sinbad: Legend Of The High Seas (Directors: Patrick Gilmore + Tim Johnson)
  35. Son Of Aladdin (Director: Singeetham Srinivasa Rao)
  36. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
  37. The Cat In The Hat (Director: Bo Welch)
  38. The Deserter (Director: Eric Bruno Borgman)
  39. The Ghost Club (Director: Ralph E. Portillo)
  40. The Haunted Mansion (Director: Rob Minkoff)
  41. The Lil' River Rats and the Adventure of the Lost Treasure (Director: Dan T. Hall)
  42. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Director: Jim Fall)
  43. The Photograph (Director: James McDonald)
  44. The R.M. (Director: Kurt Hale)
  45. The Seventh Man (Director: H. Charles Riedl)
  46. The Snow Walker (Director: Charles Martin Smith)
  47. Uncle Nino (Director: Robert Shallcross)
  48. What A Girl Wants (Director: Dennie Gordon)
  49. When Zachary Beaver Came To Town (Director: John Schultz)
  50. Where The Red Fern Grows (Directors: Lyman Dayton + Sam Pillsbury)
  51. Wondrous Oblivion (Director: Paul Morrison)
PG-13
  1. 2 Fast 2 Furious (Director: John Singleton)
  2. A Foreign Affair (Director: Helmut Schleppi)
  3. A Guy Thing (Director: Chris Koch)
  4. A Mighty Wind (Director: Christopher Guest)
  5. Alex + Emma (Director: Rob Reiner)
  6. American Generator (Directors: Shannon Burgan + Michael Marco)
  7. Anger Management (Director: Peter Segal)
  8. Anne B. Real (Director: Lisa France)
  9. Big Fish (Director: Tim Burton)
  10. Biker Boyz (Director: Reggie Rock Bythewood)
  11. Bill The Intern (Director: Will Hess)
  12. Bon Voyage (Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau)
  13. Bringing Down The House (Director: Adam Shankman)
  14. Bruce Almighty (Director: Tom Shadyac)
  15. Bulletproof Monk (Director: Paul Hunter)
  16. Calendar Girls (Director: Nigel Cole)
  17. Camp (Director: Todd Graff)
  18. Carolina (Director: Marleen Gorris)
  19. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (Director: McQ)
  20. Coronado (Director: Claudio Fah)
  21. Cualquiera (Director: David Marqués)
  22. Cuban Blood (Director: Juan Gerard)
  23. Danny Deckchair (Director: Jeff Balsmeyer)
  24. Daredevil (Director: Mark Steven Johnson)
  25. Darkness Falls (Director: Jonathan Liebesman)
  26. Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (Director: Sam Weisman)
  27. Down With Love (Director: Peyton Reed)
  28. Dumb + Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (Director: Troy Miller
  29. Duplex (Director: Danny DeVito)
  30. Ek Aur Ek Gyarah: By Hook or by Crook (Director: David Dhawan)
  31. El regalo de Silvia (Director: Dionisio Pérez)
  32. Escape From Cuba (Director: Tom Logan)
  33. Evil Alien Conquerors (Director: Chris Matheson)
  34. Exorcism (Director: William A. Baker)
  35. Fear X (Director: Nicholas Winding Refn)
  36. Fear Of The Dark (Director: K.C. Bascombe)
  37. Finding Home (Director: Lawrence David Foldes)
  38. First Morning (Director: Victor Vu)
  39. For Real (Director: Tim Reid)
  40. Girl With A Pearl Earring (Director: Peter Webber)
  41. Gods + Generals (Director: Ron Maxwell)
  42. Gold Diggers (National Lampoon’s) (Director: Gary Preisler)
  43. Grand Theft Parsons (Director: David Caffrey)
  44. Grind (Director: Casey La Scala)
  45. Haasil (Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia)
  46. Hangman’s Curse (Director: Rafal Zielinski)
  47. Head Of State (Director: Chris Rock)
  48. Hollywood Homicide (Director: Ron Shelton)
  49. Honey (Director: Bille Woodruff)
  50. Hoodlum + Son (Director: Ashley Way)
  51. Hope Springs (Director: Mark Herman)
  52. How To Deal (Director: Clare Kilner)
  53. How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (Director: Donald Petrie)
  54. Hulk (Director: Ang Lee)
  55. I’ll Be There (Director: Craig Ferguson)
  56. Intolerable Cruelty (Director: Joel Coen)
  57. It Runs In The Family (Director: Fred Schepisi)
  58. Just Married (Director: Shawn Levy)
  59. Kaena: The Prophecy (Directors: Chris Delaporte + Pascal Pinon)
  60. Lara Croft - Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (Director: Jan de Bont)
  61. Legally Blonde II: Red, White + Blonde (Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld)
  62. Love Don’t Cost A Thing (Director: Troy Byer)
  63. Luther (Director: Eric Till)
  64. Malibu’s Most Wanted (Director: John Whitesell)
  65. Masked + Anonymous (Director: Larry Charles)
  66. Master + Commander: The Far Side Of The World (Director: Peter Weir)
  67. Matchstick Men (Director: Ridley Scott)
  68. Maximum Velocity (Director: Phillip J. Roth)
  69. Mona Lisa Smile (Director: Mike Newell)
  70. My Boss’s Daughter (Director: David Zucker)
  71. Nate + The Colonel (Director: Paul Winters)
  72. National Security (Director: Dennis Dugan)
  73. No Return (Director: Tom Sylla)
  74. Noi The Albino (Director: Dagur Kári)
  75. Northfolk (Director: Michael Polish)
  76. Off The Map (Director: Campbell Scott)
  77. One Last Dance (Director: Lisa Niemi)
  78. Osama (Director: Siddiq Barmak)
  79. Out Of Time (Director: Carl Franklin)
  80. Outrage (Director: Morrie Ruvinsky)
  81. Paycheck (Director: John Woo)
  82. Perfect Strangers (Director: Gaylene Preston)
  83. Pieces Of April (Director: Peter Hedges)
  84. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (Director: Gore Verbinski)
  85. Pitcher + The Pin-Up (Director: Drew Johnson)
  86. Reconstruction (Director: Christoffer Boe)
  87. Rosenstrasse (Director: Margarethe von Trotta)
  88. Runaway Jury (Director: Gary Fleder)
  89. S Club Seeing Double (Director: Nigel Dick)
  90. S.W.A.T. (Director: Clark Johnson)
  91. Saints + Soldiers (Director: Ryan Little)
  92. Scary Movie III (Director: David Zucker)
  93. School Of Rock (Director: Richard Linklater)
  94. Scorched (Director: Gavin Grazer)
  95. Seabiscuit (Director: Gary Ross)
  96. Sex At The End Of The Millennium (Director: Sheldon Neuberger)
  97. Shanghai Knights (Director: David Dobkins)
  98. Shattered Glass (Director: Billy Ray)
  99. Shortcut To Happiness (Director: Alec Baldwin)
  100. Something’s Gotta Give (Director: Nancy Meyers)
  101. Sometimes A Hero (Director: Jalal Merhi)
  102. Spin (Director: James Redford)
  103. Star Runner (Director: Daniel Lee)
  104. Stuck On You (Director: Bobby Farrelly + Peter Farrelly)
  105. Swimming Upstream (Director: Russell Mulcahy)
  106. Swing (Director: Martin Guigui)
  107. Terrarium (Director: Mike Conway)
  108. The Animatrix (Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto + Shinichirô Watanabe)
  109. The Battle Of Shaker Heights (Directors: Efram Potelle + Kyle Rankin)
  110. The Book Of Mormon Movie, Volume 1: The Journey) (Director: Gary Rogers)
  111. The Bottom Line (Director: Matt Posey)
  112. The Box (Director: Richard Pepin)
  113. The Boys + Girl From County Clare (Director: John Irvin)
  114. The Company (Director: Robert Altman)
  115. The Core (Director: Jon Amiel)
  116. The Divorce (Le Divorce) (Director: James Ivory)
  117. The Fighting Temptations (Director: Jonathan Lynn)
  118. The In-Laws (Director: Andrew Fleming)
  119. The Italian Job (Director: F. Gary Gray)
  120. The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Director: Stephen Norrington)
  121. The Long Ride Home (Director: Robert Marcarelli)
  122. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Director: Peter Jackson)
  123. The Medallion (Director: Gordon Chan)
  124. The Petersburg-Cannes Express (Director: John Daly)
  125. The Rundown (Director: Peter Berg)
  126. The Triplets Of Belleville (Director: Sylvain Chomet)
  127. The Visual Bible: The Gospel Of John (Director: Philip Saville)
  128. Timeline (Director: Richard Donner)
  129. Tokyo Godfathers (Directors: Satoshi Kon + Shôgo Furuya)
  130. Under The Tuscan Sun (Director: Audrey Wells)
  131. Uptown Girls (Director: Boaz Yakin)
  132. View From The Top (Director: Bruno Barreto)
  133. Westender (Director: Brock Morse)
  134. What The Eye Doesn’t See (Director: Francisco J. Lombardi)
  135. Where’s The Party, Yaar? (Dude, Where’s The Party?) (Director: Benny Matthews)
  136. Willard (Director: Glen Morgan)
  137. X2: X-Men Untied (Director: Bryan Singer)
R
  1. 11:14 (Director: Greg Marcks)
  2. 13 Dead Men (Director: Art Camacho)
  3. 16 Years Of Alcohol (Director: Richard Jobson)
  4. 21 Grams (Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu)
  5. 3 Blind Mice (Director: Mathias Ledoux)
  6. 5150 (Director: Daniel Gardner)
  7. A Good Night To Die (Director: Craig Singer)
  8. A Man Apart (Director: F. Gary Gray)
  9. A Miami Tail (Director: Melvin James)
  10. A Tale Of Two Sisters (Director: Jee-woon Kim)
  11. Absolon (Director: David De Bartolome)
  12. Acacia (Director: Ki-hyeong Park)
  13. Air Marshal (Director: Alain Jakubowicz)
  14. Alien Hunter (Director: Ron Krauss)
  15. All The Real Girls (Director: David Gordon Green)
  16. American Splendor (Directors: Shari Springer Berman + Robert Pulcini)
  17. American Wedding (Director: Jesse Dylan)
  18. Anatomy II (Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky)
  19. Ancient Warriors (Director: Walter von Huene)
  20. Anything Else (Director: Woody Allen)
  21. April’s Shower (Director: Trish Doolan)
  22. Après Vous (Director: Pierre Salvadori)
  23. Aquanoids (Director: Reinhart ‘Rayteam’ Peschke)
  24. Artworks (Director: Jim Amatulli)
  25. Assisted Living (Director: Elliot Greenebaum)
  26. Baadasssss! (Director: Mario Van Peebles)
  27. Baberellas (Director: Chuck Cirino)
  28. BachelorMan (Director: John Putch)
  29. Bad Boys II (Director: Michael Bay)
  30. Bad Santa (Director: Terry Zwigoff)
  31. Barely Legal (Director: David M. Evans)
  32. Basic (Director: John McTiernan)
  33. Behind The Red Door (Director: Matia Karrell)
  34. Betrayal (Director: Mark L. Lester)
  35. Beyond Borders (Director: Martin Campbell)
  36. Beyond Re-Animator (Director: Brian Yuzna)
  37. Beyond Recognition (Director: Tom Muschamp)
  38. Black Cadillac (Director: John Murlowski)
  39. Blackball (Director: Mel Smith)
  40. Blind Horizon (Director: Michael Haussman)
  41. Bloom (Director: Sean Walsh)
  42. Bookies (Director: Mark Illsley)
  43. Bought + Sold (Director: Michael Tolajian)
  44. Boys On The Run (Director: Pol Cruchten)
  45. Briar Patch (Director: Zev Berman)
  46. Bright Young Things (Director: Stephen Fry)
  47. Brothers In Arms (Director: Paul Alexander)
  48. Bulgarian Lovers (Director: Eloy de la Iglesia)
  49. Carandiru (Director: Hector Babenco)
  50. Casa De los Babys (Director: John Sayles)
  51. Chasing Holden (Director: Malcolm Clarke)
  52. Chooch (Directors: J.C. Bari + Rajeev Nirmalakhandan)
  53. Cow lok yuen (Director: Wai-Keung Lau)
  54. Chromiumblue.com (Directors: Zalman King + Scott Sampler)
  55. Citizen Verdict (Director: Philippe Martinez)
  56. Claustrophobia (Serial Slayer) (Director: Mark Tapio Kines)
  57. Cleopatra (Director: Eduardo Mignogna)
  58. Code 46 (Director: Michael Winterbottom)
  59. Coffee + Cigarettes (Director: Jim Jarmusch)
  60. Cold Blooded (Director: Randy Bradshaw)
  61. Cold Creek Manor (Director: Mike Figgis)
  62. Cold Mountain (Director: Anthony Minghella)
  63. Confidence (Director: James Foley)
  64. Consequence (Director: Anthony Hickox)
  65. Controlled Chaos (Director: Azita Zendel)
  66. Cradle 2 The Grave (Director: Andrzej Bartkowiak)
  67. Crime Partners (Director: J. Jesses Smith)
  68. Crime Spree (Director: Brad Mirman)
  69. Criminal Ways (Director: Nick Giannopoulos)
  70. Cutthroat Alley (Director: Timothy Wayne Folsome)
  71. Dallas 362 (Director: Scott Caan)
  72. Dark Side (Director: Dominic Shiach)
  73. Daybreak (Director: Björn Runge)
  74. Dead End (Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea + Fabrice Canepa)
  75. Death Of A Dynasty (Director: Damon Dash)
  76. Deliver Us From Eva (Director: Gary Hardwick)
  77. Den Of Lions (Director: James Bruce)
  78. Descendant (Directors: Kermit Christman + Del Tenney)
  79. Detention (Director: Sidney J. Furie)
  80. Detonator (Director: Jonathan Freedman)
  81. Devil’s Harvest (Director: James Shanks)
  82. Devil’s Knight (Director: Quan Phillips)
  83. Devil’s Pond (Director: Joel Viertel)
  84. Die, Mommie, Die! (Director: Mark Rucker)
  85. Disaster (Director: Yossi Wein)
  86. Dogville (Director: Lars von Trier)
  87. Dopamine (Director: Mark Decena)
  88. Doppelganger (Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  89. Dorm Daze (National Lampoon’s) (Directors: David Hillenbrand + Scott Hillenbrand)
  90. Dot The I (Director: Matthew Parkhill)
  91. Dragon Head (Director: Jôji Iida)
  92. Dream Warrior (Director: Zachary Weintraub)
  93. Dreamcatcher (Director: Lawrence Kasdan)
  94. Dunsmore (Director: Peter Spirer)
  95. Easy (Director: Jane Weinstock)
  96. Easy Six (Easy Sex) (Director: Chris Iovenko)
  97. Elephant (Director: Gus Van Sant)
  98. Emile (Director: Carl Bessai)
  99. Emotional Backgammon (Director: Leon Herbert)
  100. Evil Breed: The Legend Of Samhain (Director: Christian Viel)
  101. Expiration (Director: Gavin Heffernan)
  102. Exposed (Director: Misti Barnes)
  103. Facing Windows (Director: Ferzan Ozpetek)
  104. Fate (Director: Ace Cruz)
  105. Final Destination (Director: David R. Ellis)
  106. Fire Over Afghanistan (Director: Terence H. Winkless)
  107. Firefight (Director: Paul Ziller)
  108. Fish Without A Bicycle (Director: Brian Austin Green)
  109. Flesh For The Beast (Director: Terry M. West)
  110. Foolproof (Director: William Phillips)
  111. Frankie + Johnny Are Married (Director: Michael Pressman)
  112. Freddy Vs. Jason (Director: Ronny Yu)
  113. Gang Of Roses (Director: Jean-Claude La Marre)
  114. Ghost Rock (Director: Dustin Rikert)
  115. Ghost Of The Needle (Director: Brian Avenet-Bradley)
  116. Gigli (Director: Martin Brest)
  117. Girls Will Be Girls (Director: Richard Day)
  118. Going Down (Director: Alfonso Pineda Ulloa)
  119. Good Bye Lenin! (Director: Wolfgang Becker)
  120. Gothika (Director: Mathieu Kassovitz)
  121. Haggard (Director: Bam Margera)
  122. Hellborn (Director: Philip J. Jones)
  123. Heroic Duo (Director: Benny Chan)
  124. High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (Director: A.W. Vidmer)
  125. High Tension (Haute Tension) (Switchblade Romance) (Director: Alexandre Aja)
  126. Hollywood North (Director: Peter O’Brian)
  127. Hood Angels (Director: Paul Wynne)
  128. Horror (Director: Dante Tomaselli)
  129. House Of 1000 Corpses (Director: Rob Zombie)
  130. House Of Sand + Fog (Director: Vadim Perelman)
  131. House Of The Dead (Director: Uwe Boll)
  132. I Accuse (Director: John Ketcham)
  133. I Capture The Castle (Director: Tim Fywell)
  134. I Love Your Work (Director: Adam Goldberg)
  135. I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Director: Mike Hodges)
  136. I’m Not Scared (Director: Gabriele Salvatores)
  137. Identity (Director: James Mangold)
  138. Imagining Argentina (Director: Christopher Hampton)
  139. In Hell (Director: Ringo Lam)
  140. In The Cut (Director: Jane Campion)
  141. Intermission (Director: John Crowley)
  142. It’s All About Love (Director: Thomas Vinterberg)
  143. Jake’s Booty Call (Directors: Eric Eisner + Julian Max Metter)
  144. Japanese Story (Director: Sue Brooks)
  145. Jeepers Creepers II (Director: Victor Salva)
  146. Jericho Mansions (Director: Alberto Sciamma)
  147. Jersey Guy (Director: Elia Zois)
  148. Ju-On: The Grudge II (Director: Takashi Shimizu)
  149. Just Another Story (Director: GQ)
  150. Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (Director: Quentin Tarantino)
  151. King Of The Ants (Director: Stuart Gordon)
  152. Kontroll (Director: Nimród Antal)
  153. Kung Phooey! (Director: Darryl Fong)
  154. LD 50: Lethal Dose (Director: Simon De Selva)
  155. La taqueria (Director: Martin Delon)
  156. Last Life In The Universe (Director: Pen-Ek Ratanaruang)
  157. Latter Days (Director: C. Jay Cox)
  158. Le pacte du silence (Director: Graham Guit)
  159. Levelland (Director: Clark Walker)
  160. Levity (Director: Ed Solomon)
  161. Liquid Bridge (Director: Phillip Avalon)
  162. Little Erin Merryweather (Directors: David Morwick + Michael Civille)
  163. Lost Junction (Director: Peter Masterson)
  164. Lost Things (Director: Martin Murphy)
  165. Lost Treasure (Director: Jim Wynorski)
  166. Lost In Translation (Director: Sofia Coppola)
  167. Love Actually (Director: Richard Curtis)
  168. Love Chronicles (Director: Tyler Maddox)
  169. Love Me If You Dare (Director: Yann Samuell)
  170. Love Object (Director: Robert Parigi)
  171. Love, Sex + Eating The Bones (Director: Sudz Sutherland)
  172. Lucía, Lucía (Director: Antonio Serrano)
  173. Mail Order Bride (Directors: Robert Capelli, Jr. + Jeffrey Wolf)
  174. Mala carne (Director: Fabián Forte)
  175. Malevolence (Director: Stevan Mena)
  176. Mambo Italiano (Director: Émile Gaudreault)
  177. Manfast (Director: Tara Judelle)
  178. Manhood (Director: Bobby Roth)
  179. Marci X (Director: Richard Benjamin)
  180. Melvin Goes To Dinner (Director: Bob Odenkirk)
  181. Midnight Mass (Director: Tony Mandile)
  182. Milwaukee, Minnesota (Director: Allan Mindel)
  183. Monsieur Ibrahim (Director: François Dupeyron)
  184. Monster (Director: Patty Jenkins)
  185. Monster Man (Director: Michael Davis)
  186. My Life Without Me (Director: Isabel Coixet)
  187. Mystic River (Director: Clint Eastwood)
  188. Natural City (Director: Byung-chun Min)
  189. Ned Kelly (Director: Gregor Jordan)
  190. Nemesis Game (Director: Jesse Warn)
  191. Net Games (Director: Andrew Van Slee)
  192. Nicotina (Director: Hugo Rodriguez)
  193. Nola (Director: Alan Hruska)
  194. Nothing (Director: Vincenzo Natali)
  195. Octane (Director: Marcus Adams)
  196. Old School (Director: Todd Phillips)
  197. Oldboy (Director: Chan-wook Park)
  198. Once Upon A Time In Mexico (Director: Robert Rodriguez)
  199. One Missed Call (Director: Takashi Miike)
  200. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Director: Prachya Pinkaew)
  201. Open Range (Director: Kevin Costner)
  202. Open Water (Director: Chris Kentis)
  203. Operation: Balikatan (Director: Cirio H. Santiago)
  204. Owning Mahowny (Director: Richard Kwietniowski)
  205. Paradise Found (Director: Mario Andreacchio)
  206. Paris (Director: Ramin Niami)
  207. Particles Of Truth (Director: Jennifer Elster)
  208. Party Monster (Directors: Fenton Bailey + Randy Barbato)
  209. Passion’s Desire (Director: Mike Sedan)
  210. Pauly Shore Is Dead (Director: Pauly Shore)
  211. Penetration Angst (Director: Wolfgang Büld)
  212. Playas Ball (Director: Jennifer Harper)
  213. Posers (Director: Katie Tallo)
  214. Power Play (Director: Joseph Zito)
  215. Prey For Rock + Roll (Director: Alex Steyermark)
  216. Prison-A-Go-Go! (Director: Barak Epstein)
  217. Purgatory Flats (Director: Harris Done)
  218. Purple Butterfly (Director: Ye Lou)
  219. Quattro Noza (Director: Joey Curtis)
  220. Quicksand (Director: John Mackenzie)
  221. Rats (Killer Rats) (Director: Tibor Takács)
  222. Red Passport (Director: Albert Xavier)
  223. Red Riding Hood (Director: Giacomo Cimini)
  224. Red Roses + Petrol (Director: Tamar Simon Hoffs)
  225. Red Serpent (Director: Gino Tanasescu)
  226. Red Zone (Director: Lee Madden)
  227. Reeseville (Director: Christian Otjen)
  228. Remember Me, My Love (Director: Gabriele Muccino)
  229. Resistance (Director: Todd Komarnicki)
  230. Rhinoceros Eyes (Director: Aaron Woodley)
  231. Rick (Director: Curtiss Clayton)
  232. Road Kings (Director: Detdrich McClure)
  233. Rolling Kansas (Director: Thomas Haden Church)
  234. Ronny Camaro + Seven Angry Women (Director: Bo Linton)
  235. Rude Boy: The Jamaican Don (Director: Desmond Gumbs)
  236. Screen Door Jesus (Director: Kirk Davis)
  237. Season Of The Hunted (Director: Ron Sperling)
  238. Shade (Director: Damian Nieman)
  239. Shelter island (Director: Geoffrey Schaaf)
  240. Shredder (Director: Greg Huson)
  241. Shrink Rap (Director: Doug Cox)
  242. Sin (Director: Michael Stevens)
  243. Sister Blue (Director: Doug Greenall)
  244. Skin Deep (Director: Sacha Parisot)
  245. Sky High (Director: Ryûhei Kitamura)
  246. Slaves Of The Realm (Director: Lloyd A. Simandl)
  247. Sol Goode (Director: Danny Comden)
  248. Southside (Director: Billy Hayes)
  249. Speed Demon (Director: David DeCoteau)
  250. Spinning Boris (Director: Roger Spottiswoode)
  251. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...And Spring (Director: Ki-duk Kim)
  252. Stander (Director: Bronwen Hughes)
  253. Stealing Candy (Director: Mark L. Lester)
  254. Stealing Sinatra (Director: Ron Underwood)
  255. Subterano (Director: Esben Storm)
  256. Sucker Punch (Director: Jeff Crook + Josh Crook)
  257. Surrender (Director: Katherine Brooks)
  258. Swimming Pool (Director: François Ozon)
  259. Swirl (Director: Les Wilson)
  260. Sylvia Plath (Director: Christine Jeffs)
  261. Taking The Westside (Director: John N. Perez)
  262. Tangy Guacamole (Director: Mike Deeney)
  263. Tapped Out (Director: Georgio)
  264. Tears Of The Sun (Director: Antoine Fuqua)
  265. Tempo (Director: Eric Styles)
  266. Terminator III: Rise Of The Machines (Director: Jonathan Mostow)
  267. Testosterone (Director: David Moreton)
  268. The $cheme (Director: Marcus Gautesen)
  269. The Actors (Director: Conor McPherson)
  270. The Animation Show (Directors: myriad and various)
  271. The Barbarian Invasions (Director: Denys Arcand)
  272. The Beat (Director: Brandon Sonnier)
  273. The Best Of Youth (Director: Marco Tullio Giordana)
  274. The Big Empty (Director: Steve Anderson)
  275. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (Director: Takeshi Kitano)
  276. The Bog Creatures (Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen)
  277. The Bone Snatcher (Director: Jason Wulfsohn)
  278. The Cooler (Director: Wayne Kramer)
  279. The Era Of Vampires (Director: Wellson Chin)
  280. The Event (Director: Thom Fitzgerald)
  281. The Face Of The Serpent (Director: David B. Craig)
  282. The Falls (Director: Paul DeNigris)
  283. The Fast Life (Director: Douglas Elford-Argent)
  284. The Flower Of Evil (Director: Claude Chabrol)
  285. The Foreigner (Director: Michael Oblowitz)
  286. The Ghosts Of Edendale (Director: Stefan Avalos)
  287. The Ghouls (Director: Chad Ferrin)
  288. The Green Butchers (Director: Anders Thomas Jensen)
  289. The Hebrew Hammer (Director: Jonathan Kesselman)
  290. The Human Stain (Director: Robert Benton)
  291. The Hunted (Director: William Friedkin)
  292. The Invitation (Director: Pat Bermel)
  293. The Job (Director: Kenny Golde)
  294. The Last Horror Movie (Director: Julian Richards)
  295. The Last Samurai (Director: Edward Zwick)
  296. The Legend Of Diablo (Director: Robert Napton)
  297. The Librarians (Director: Mike Kirton)
  298. The Life Of David Gale (Director: Alan Parker)
  299. The Man Who Copied (Director: Jorge Furtado)
  300. The Matrix: Reloaded (Directors: Lana Wachowski + Lilly Wachowski)
  301. The Matrix: Revolutions (Directors: Lana Wachowski + Lilly Wachowski)
  302. The Memory Of A Killer (Director: Erik Van Looy)
  303. The Missing (Director: Ron Howard)
  304. The Mother (Director: Roger Michell)
  305. The Mudge Boy (Director: Michael Burke)
  306. The Mummy’s Kiss (Director: Donald F. Glut)
  307. The Night We Called It A Day (Director: Paul Goldman)
  308. The Order (Director: Brian Helgeland)
  309. The Recruit (Director: Roger Donaldson)
  310. The Room (Director: Tommy Wiseau)
  311. The Saddest Music In The World (Director: Guy Maddin)
  312. The Shape Of Things (Director: Neil LaBute)
  313. The Singing Detective (Director: Keith Gordon)
  314. The Sleeping Dictionary (Director: Guy Jenkin)
  315. The Statement (Director: Norman Jewison)
  316. The Station Agent (Director: Tom McCarthy)
  317. The Tesseract (Director: Oxide Chun Pang)
  318. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Director: Marcus Nispel)
  319. The United States Of Leland (Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge)
  320. Thirteen (Director: Catherine Hardwicke)
  321. This Girl’s Life (Director: Ash Baron-Cohen)
  322. Time Of The Wolf (Director: Michael Haneke)
  323. Tio’s Game (Director: Juan Carlos Buitron)
  324. Tiptoes (Director: Matthew Bright)
  325. Tough Luck (Director: Gary Ellis)
  326. Tube (Director: Woon-hak Baek)
  327. Twist (Director: Jacob Tierney)
  328. Two Days (2 Days) (Director: Sean McGinly)
  329. Undead (Directors: Michael Spierig + Peter Spierig)
  330. Underworld (Director: Len Wiseman)
  331. Vampire Effect (Directors: Dante Lam + Donnie Yen)
  332. Vampires Anonymous (Director: Michael Keller)
  333. Veronica Guerin (Director: Joel Schumacher)
  334. Virgin (Director: Deborah Kampmeier)
  335. Visitors (Director: Richard Franklin)
  336. Vlad (Director: Michael D. Sellers)
  337. Warriors Of Heaven + Earth (Director: Ping He)
  338. Wasabi Tuna (Director: Lee Friedlander)
  339. Water Under The Bridge (Director: Clark Brigham)
  340. Water’s Edge (Director: Harvey Kahn)
  341. What Alice Found (Director: A. Dean Bell)
  342. What Boys Like (Director: Lawrence Gay)
  343. White Rush (Director: Mark L. Lester)
  344. Winter Break (Director: Marni Banack)
  345. Wishing Stairs (Director: Jae-yeon Yun)
  346. With Or Without You (Director: G. Stubbs)
  347. Wonderland (Director: James Cox)
  348. Written In Blood (Director: John Terlesky)
  349. Wrong Turn (Director: Rob Schmidt)
  350. You’re Killing Me... (Director: Antoni Stutz)
  351. Zelary (Director: Ondrej Trojan)
  352. Zhui ma lao (Director: Chi-Liang Liu)
NC-17
  1. Dangerous Pleasures (Director: Madison Monroe)
  2. The Dreamers (Director: Bernardo Bertolucci)
  3. Young Adam (Director: David Mackenzie)
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2017.05.10 15:34 tulsanewsbot What's happening around town (Wed, May 10th - Tue, May 16th)

Tulsa's event list.

Ongoing

  • Champions of Health Nominations (Advanced Online Solutions - Tulsa) Thru Thu, May 25th The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be considered for the highest honor, the Dr. Rodney L. Huey Memorial Champion of Oklahoma Health award along with a $15,000 contribution. Winners will be…

Wednesday, May 10th

  • Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (ONEOK Field - Tulsa)   Thru Sat, May 13th   Start Time: 10:00am
  • 😂 Bazar Entertainment Comedy Showcase (Loony Bin - Tulsa)
  • Dead Shakes (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa)   Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Fitness on the Green: Partner Power (Guthrie Green - Tulsa)   Start Time: 6:00am
  • Fitness on the Green: YOGA (Guthrie Green - Tulsa)   Start Time: 5:30pm
  • 🍴 Food Truck Wednesday (Guthrie Green - Tulsa)   Start Time: 11:30am
  • Game On! - Oklahoma superstar larger than life (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa)   Day 1 of 2   Start Time: 11:00am
  • MANUS: ab.sum I am away - Re-envisioned Architecture by Amy Rockett-Todd; Precarious Arrangement by Angela Piehl (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa)   Thru Sun, May 14th   Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🏆 ORU Baseball (Mabee Center - Tulsa)   Thru Fri, May 12th   Start Time: 1:00pm   All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports.   Tickets will be available for purchase before game day at the Mabee Center Ticket Office, online at MabeeCenter.com, or by phone at 918.495.6000. Tickets will be available for purchase on game day at the J.L. Johnson Stadium…
  • Ok, So Story Slam (Enso Bar - Tulsa)   Start Time: 8:00pm   Ok, So Tulsa Story Telling Competition - Open Mic
      Tulsa's Monthly StorySlam is looking for people to come share their stories onstage in front of a live audience (21+). No experience necessary and we need contestant/storytellers just like you!
      Tulsa's Monthly Open Mic StorySlam: The SECOND WEDNESDAY of every month we come together at Enso…
  • Steeped: The Art of Tea (108Contemporary - Tulsa)   Thru Sun, May 14th   Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Travis Linville (Mercury Lounge - Tulsa)   Start Time: 9:00pm

Thursday, May 11th

  • Tulsa, OK (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 13th Start Time: 8:00am
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 13th Start Time: 10:00am
  • DREAMGIRLS (2006) PG-13 (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:30pm
  • Erin O'Dowd (Jameson's Pub - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Extended (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Fitness on the Green: Bootcamp (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Game On! - Oklahoma superstar larger than life (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 11:00am
  • Happy Hour Show!! 5PM - Missing Pages (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • 🎡 Keller Williams Annual Red Day Event (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00am
  • MANUS: ab.sum I am away - Re-envisioned Architecture by Amy Rockett-Todd; Precarious Arrangement by Angela Piehl (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Movie in the Park (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • 🏆 ORU Baseball (Mabee Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 1:00pm All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. Tickets will be available for purchase before game day at the Mabee Center Ticket Office, online at MabeeCenter.com, or by phone at 918.495.6000. Tickets will be available for purchase on game day at the J.L. Johnson Stadium…
  • Paul Benjamin Band (Mercury Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm Thu May 11 10:00 PM Paul Benjaman Band >>
  • Rooster Days Festival (Central Park - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 4:00pm Make your way to the annual Rooster Days Festival in Broken Arrow, one of the oldest continually running festivals in…
  • Tulsa ROUGHNECKS FC vs Vancouver WHITECAPS FC 2 (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Signature Series (Lorton Performance Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th The Tulsa Ballet closes out its 60th anniversary season with a triple bill featuring some of Artistic Director…
  • Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 (BOK Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Steeped: The Art of Tea (108Contemporary - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 😂 Steve Hofstetter (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 13th
  • TIDAL SHIFT, Prints by Art Werger (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 13th Start Time: 12:00pm

Friday, May 12th

  • Tulsa, OK (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00am
  • Afistaface (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am
  • 🎡 Carnival Food Friday at Rooster Days (Central Park - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 11:00am Corn dogs, Chicken on Stick, Indian Tacos...for lunch? Who would say no to that??? Join us at #RoosterDays on Friday, May 12th from 11a-1p for #CarnivalFoodFriday. The food vendors will be open to serve your favorite carnival treats, including: Corn Dogs, Chicken on Stick, Funnel Cakes, Cotton Candy, Cheese Curds, Ice Cream and so much more!!!…
  • Garrett LeBeau (Mercury Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Ian Moore (The Shrine - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Jesus Christ Superstar May 12-13, 18-20 at 8 p.m.; May 13-14, 20-21 at 2 p.m. :: John H. Williams Theatre Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice The immortal rock opera chronicles the final days of Jesus Christ's life, told from the perspective of his friend, disciple and betrayer � Judas Iscariot. Experience the power, the glory, the…
  • MANUS: ab.sum I am away - Re-envisioned Architecture by Amy Rockett-Todd; Precarious Arrangement by Angela Piehl (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Nexstar National Talent Dance Competition (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 7:00am
  • 🏆 ORU Baseball (Mabee Center - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 1:00pm All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2016-17 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. Tickets will be available for purchase before game day at the Mabee Center Ticket Office, online at MabeeCenter.com, or by phone at 918.495.6000. Tickets will be available for purchase on game day at the J.L. Johnson Stadium…
  • Rascal Flatts (River Spirit Casino - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Rascal Flatts in Concert (Expo Square: River Spirit Expo - Tulsa) Don't miss Rascal Flatts live onstage at the River Spirit Event Center in Tulsa. Known for chart-topping…
  • Rooster Days Festival (Central Park - Broken Arrow) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 4:00pm Make your way to the annual Rooster Days Festival in Broken Arrow, one of the oldest continually running festivals in…
  • 🏃 Rustic Cuff 5K (River West Festival Park - Tulsa) Join us for the 2nd annual Rustic Cuff Run on Friday night, May 12, 2017!
    Click on link for more information...http://www.runnersworldtulsa.com/pdf/RCFAQ-2017.pdf
    With a 5K, a one mile fun run, kids sprints and a virtual run there is enough to make everyone Happy.
    Rustic Cuff, RunnersWorld Tulsa and Joy in the Cause have joined forces to…
  • Signature Series (Lorton Performance Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th The Tulsa Ballet closes out its 60th anniversary season with a triple bill featuring some of Artistic Director…
  • Steeped: The Art of Tea (108Contemporary - Tulsa) Thru Sun, May 14th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 😂 Steve Hofstetter (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left
  • TIDAL SHIFT, Prints by Art Werger (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm

Saturday, May 13th

  • Tulsa, OK (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 8:00am
  • 🎭 2017 Rooster Days Parade (Rose District - Broken Arrow) Start Time: 10:00am The annual #RoosterDays parade features colorful floats, exciting dance teams, award winning bands and more to get you in the Rooster Days spirit! Join the fun as the parade marches through the Rose District and entertains all the way down Main Street to the front gates of Rooster Days! The Rooster Days parade kicks off at 10a on the south side…
  • Amped (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 10:00am
  • BC and the Big Rig (Mercury Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm Sat May 13 10:00 PM BC & The Big Rig
  • Breeder's Invitational (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 27th The Breeder's Invitational at Tulsa Expo Square is a can't miss event for equestrian lovers everywhere. During…
  • 🏃 Caitlyn Mathis Daffodil Run 5K Run (Kiefer) This event is sponsored by the Kiefer Schools FCA program in honor of Caitlyn Mathis. All proceeds from this run are donated to the Caitlyn Mathis Educational Scholarship Fun, which awards an annual scholarship to a graduating senior who is considering a career in Education.
  • 🎡 Carerra Pop-Up Fest 2017 (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00am
  • Cherry Street Farmers Market (Tulsa) Thru Sun, Oct 22nd Start Time: 7:00am
  • Tulsa Dodgebrawl (BOK Center - Tulsa) Witness an intense afternoon of competition at the Tulsa Dodgebrawl. The arena floor of the BOK Center will be…
  • 🎭 The Drunkard and the Olio (Tulsa Spotlight Theatre - Tulsa)
  • Tulsa Flea Market (Expo Square - Tulsa)
  • Habit Mural Festival (Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 In two days' time, 18 artists will sweep through downtown Tulsa, leaving their vibrant traces behind in mural form.…
  • Helen Kelter Skelter + Space4Lease + LCG & the X (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:30pm
  • Inner Circle Crawfish Boil (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 6:00pm
  • Jesus Christ Superstar (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Jesus Christ Superstar May 12-13, 18-20 at 8 p.m.; May 13-14, 20-21 at 2 p.m. :: John H. Williams Theatre Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics by Tim Rice The immortal rock opera chronicles the final days of Jesus Christ's life, told from the perspective of his friend, disciple and betrayer � Judas Iscariot. Experience the power, the glory, the…
  • Korngold Violin Concerto (Asbury United Methodist Church (Chapel) - Tulsa) Start Time: 2:00pm FREE Concert Featuring: Dickinson: Fanfare and Fantasy on "Lobe Den Herren" Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A Major Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Major (with Guest Soloist, Chloé Trevor) Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture
  • MANUS: ab.sum I am away - Re-envisioned Architecture by Amy Rockett-Todd; Precarious Arrangement by Angela Piehl (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am
  • Nexstar National Talent Dance Competition (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 7:00am
  • Outline In Color, Miss Fortune, Keeping Secrets, Goodfella, When The Clock Strikes and Modern Myth (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Outline In ColorMiss FortuneKeeping Secrets, Goodfella, When The Clock Strikes, Modern MythSat 5/13Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm This event is all ages
  • Rooster Days Festival (Central Park - Broken Arrow) 1 day left Start Time: 4:00pm Make your way to the annual Rooster Days Festival in Broken Arrow, one of the oldest continually running festivals in…
  • Tulsa ROUGHNECKS FC vs ORANGE COUNTY SC (ONEOK Field - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Signature Series (Lorton Performance Center - Tulsa) 1 day left The Tulsa Ballet closes out its 60th anniversary season with a triple bill featuring some of Artistic Director…
  • Steeped: The Art of Tea (108Contemporary - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • 😂 Steve Hofstetter (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Last Day
  • TIDAL SHIFT, Prints by Art Werger (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 12:00pm
  • TSO Classics: The Firebird (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm TSO Classics: The Firebird May 13 at 7:30 p.m. :: Chapman Music Hall Conducted by Daniel Hege, this program will elicit smiles from seasoned concertgoers and first-timers alike. Haydn's Symphony No. 90 offers glimpses into his humorous, prankster side. Kodaly paints in impressionistic orchestral colors the comedic tal... GET TICKETS
  • Vertical Vice + Dead Shakes (Happy Hour Show) (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:00pm

Sunday, May 14th

Monday, May 15th

  • Breeder's Invitational (Expo Square: Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex - Tulsa) Thru Sat, May 27th The Breeder's Invitational at Tulsa Expo Square is a can't miss event for equestrian lovers everywhere. During…
  • Fitness on the Green: YOGA (Guthrie Green - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
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2016.06.20 22:01 looty1 How many commentators really wanted Cleveland to win? and why?

I thought Barkley , likes power forwards. Stephen A. Smith , didn't want Lebron to lose his partner, he was always wrong about Warriors, and even when he was predicting the warriors to win, he was trying to jinx them Vince Cellini, From Cleveland Mark Jackson, Chris Webber, badly fired history Isiah Thomas (don't know why?) Jeff Van Gundy Doesn't like small ball
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2016.06.04 03:17 Waterpoloplayer12 Great Moments In Warrior History

So I just got an email from a friend with this awesome list. Apparently his comedian friend/die hard warrior fan has been posting some of his favorite warrior moments. It not my original content but I felt I had to post it. Reading through it makes me think about how vehemently Dub Nation defends this team. Our fan base is so passionate and the organization has put us through many trials and tribulations. It makes this historic run so much sweeter. I am going to continue to try enjoy >the moment< because we all know, nothing gold can stay. except of course for the blood in my heart. GO DUBS!!!!!!!

1 Great Moments In Warriors History: Don Nelson Brings A Bud Light To The Postgame Press Conference

"The more scotch I drink, the better the game plan gets." - Don Nelson, 2007
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdmDFJNnuA8

2 Great Moments In Warriors History: Mike Dunleavy Junior Gets A Standing Ovation

In 2001, the Warriors added Jason Richardson, Troy Murphy, and Gilbert Arenas in a single draft. Quite a collection of talent, and with the third pick in the 2002 draft, they had a great chance to add to their young nucleus. Instead, they picked Mike Dunleavy Junior.
Dunleavy had won a national title with Duke as a sophomore. He was tall, but too skinny to play forward. He was a great outside shooter in college, but didn't develop three-point range until his sixth year in the league. Mike's father was an NBA coach, so the Warriors were hoping his family pedigree would extend to the next generation. Mike Dunleavy Senior was a pretty disappointing NBA coach, so they weren't exactly wrong.
On March 23, 2005, MDJ finally won the affection of Warriors fans. After a terrible offensive foul call against him, Dunleavy lost his mind, screaming at the ref and earning a rare "flagrant technical," leading to his immediate ejection. One can only assume he suggested that the referee had sexual relations with his mother, or at least suggested that he should make love to himself. The ejection didn't stop the rampage, however. Dunleavy kept screaming at the ref, until the entire team interceded, and then he took his jersey off and flung it into the crowd. The arena rose at once to applaud.
That was the last time they'd cheer. Dunleavy signed a wildly unpopular contract extension that fall, and muddled through two more seasons in Oakland before being traded to Indiana. The Warriors immediately made the playoffs. Dunleavy eventually reached the postseason in 2011, nine years into his career, and lost 4-1 in the first round.
(Note: Newspaper reports indicate that two days after the ejection, Dunleavy lost thousands of dollars to Jason Richardson in a bet on the Duke-Michigan State NCAA tournament game.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOKsr4L9lh0

3 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Mills Fights The Blazers Bus

After Latrell Sprewell choked P.J. Carlesimo in December of 1997 (more on that another time), the Warriors attempted to void his contract. Spree won reinstatement on appeal after the season, though he was still out his 97-98 salary, which he's trying to recoup through Priceline commercials. A lockout delayed the NBA season until January of 1999, at which point Golden State traded Spree to the Knicks.
Usually when a team deals a superstar, they get young players or salary relief back. Or both! This was the Warriors, so they got 33-year-old John Starks, 38-year-old Terry Cummings, and 29-year-old Chris Mills - who had six seasons left on his $34 million deal. That's Jason Caffey money!
Mills was still on the team in December of 2002, when Portland came to town. This was the apex of the "Jail Blazers" era. Rasheed Wallace and Damon Stoudamire had just been arrested for marijuana possession. Bonzi Wells was suspended weeks earlier for spitting on Danny Ferry. And registered sex offender Ruben Patterson had been arrested for spousal abuse (he can also be seen celebrating with Kobe Bryant after his magical tip-in in a previous Great Moment). Somehow, Chris Mills was crazier than all of them that night.
The Warriors blew a late lead and Rasheed Wallace hit a buzzer-beater to win. Afterward, Wells and Mills started shoving. Wells threw a punch. Troy Murphy threw a punch. Fans threw plastic bottles at Sheed, and one fan got arrested after hitting him with gum. But Chris Mills was the angriest.
Just based on the amount of time they'd spent behind bars, this Portland squad was the worst possible team to brawl with. They also had Dale Davis, a young Zach Randolph, and Qyntel Woods, who was literally running a dogfighting ring at the time. Not only did Mills try to get into their locker room, he also parked his SUV in front of the Portland team bus. They couldn't leave, while Mills and his friends pounded on the windows and challenged the entire team to a fight.
Eventually the Oakland police had to restrain Mills, and the team bus went on its way. I can't find documentation online, but I've heard that Mills followed the bus to the airport - admittedly not that far from the Oakland Coliseum.
Mills remained on the Warriors for the rest of the year, then got traded three times in six months. He eventually did help a team to a title, when his salary was used as ballast in the deal that sent his nemesis, Rasheed Wallace, to the Detroit Pistons.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezv4GaXmjec&app=desktop

4 Great Moments in Warriors History: Elton Brand Destroys Three Franchises At Once

In 2007, Baron Davis led the Warriors to the playoffs for the first time in 13years, where they upset the top-seeded, 67-win Dallas Mavericks. In 2008, the Warriors won 48 games but missed the playoffs (they would have been the #4 seed in the East). Baron had $17 million coming to him in 2008-9, but he also had an opt-out. He and Chris Mullin reached an agreement on a three-year extension, but team president Robert Rowell vetoed the deal. So Baron became a free agent.
Down in Los Angeles, All-Star Elton Brand was also a free agent, though he said he'd take less money if it helped the Clippers add another star. He and Baron made a pact to play together in LA, Baron's home town. On July 6, 2008, Baron agreed to a five-year deal with the Clippers. On July 9, 2008, Brand agreed to a five-year deal with... the Philadelphia 76ers. Panicked, the Warriors signed former Clipper Corey Maggette to a five-year deal.
All three contracts were terrible. Elton Brand got hurt and missed most of his first year in Philly. He maxed out at 15 points per game, never made another All-Star team, and was eventually waived by Philadelphia, who began a four-year cycle of tanking.
Maggette hogged the ball, played terrible defense, and led the league in six-step traveling violations in Oakland, before being traded to Milwaukee two years later. In return, the Warriors received Charlie Bell, who achieved notoriety that fall for showing up drunk to a hearing in a DUI case. The team used its amnesty provision on Bell in a failed attempt to sign Tyson Chandler or DeAndre Jordan, which then required them to trade a first-round pick to dump Andris Biedrins' salary in 2013.
Davis was overweight and unhappy in LA. Two years into his deal, the Clippers nightmare racist owner, Donald Sterling, had begun regularly heckling him from his courtside seats. The frustrated Clippers finally gave up a first-round pick just to get rid of Baron's contract - which became the #1 pick in the draft, Kyrie Irving.Since this deal, all three teams have been sold.
On a positive note, Corey Maggette gave out thousands of Clippers tickets to underprivileged kids through his program, "Uh Oh Maggette-Os." This was a real thing!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN_ljDfevB0

5 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Intentionally Missed Free Throw Actually Works

As desperation gambits go, the intentionally missed free throw works about as often as the fake pickoff throw to third/real pickoff throw to first move in baseball. Yet one magical night in 1999, it actually worked. Against the Warriors.
It was the lockout-shortened 98-99 season. Chris Mullin and Latrell Sprewell had both been traded, and the Warriors starting backcourt was John Starks and Bimbo Coles. A 34-year-old Muggsy Bogues - still 5'3" - also played significant minutes. They were facing the mighty Los Angeles Lakers, one year away from their first Shaq-Kobe title.
Coles shot only 4-15, but his largest contribution came when he got into an altercation with Robert Horry in the second quarter. Shaq ran up and shoved Bimbo in the back, got his second technical of the game, and got ejected. The rattled Lakers had 17 first-half turnovers, and at one point, the Warriors led by 28 points.
In the second half, the Lakers made a furious comeback, but still trailed. Kobe hit a desperation three with 3.7 seconds left, but that only cut the lead to one. Bimbo hit both of his free throws and then the Warriors fouled Rice so he couldn't hit a game-tying three. The Lakers only chance was a play that never works: Make the first free throw, then miss the second on purpose and hope for the rebound. Even on the telecast, Lakers announcer Chick Hearn said "It's awfully hard to miss a free throw on purpose. Awfully hard."
Nothing is impossible when you're playing the Warriors. Rice missed, the ball went off to the right, and no one remembered to block out Kobe. In the words of Chick Hearn, "He slapped the ball from about 12 feet, and it went in the darn hole!" The Lakers went on to win in overtime.
This all happened on April 20, 1999, the same day as the Columbine massacre.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ai1J-xuxQU#t=8m41s

6 Great Moments in Warriors History: Tim Young Has A Great Time Out

The 1999-2000 Warriors were a profoundly depressing team. They were tough to watch, both because of their play and because of this ad, which ran at every single commercial break throughout the season.
It's inexplicable on many levels. There's a bunch of steel drums, which in 1999 indicated you were watching a Girls Gone Wild commercial. There's a fish eye lens, because, again, 1999, but it makes Antawn Jamison's smile look troubling. Adonal Foyle has maracas. Minutes leader Mookie Blaylock (currently incarcerated) is filmed in fast-motion, because he's 32 and not that quick. Donyell Marshall and Erick Dampier look embarrassed, especially when Dampier has to give Thunder the mascot a piggyback ride. And then there's Tim Young.
Young was a rookie center from Stanford. He played 137 total minutes that season, the only one in his NBA career. His baffling inclusion in this commercial can only be explained by, "We needed a white guy." Even in a grief glimpse of Young's dancing, you can see his footwork is a problem.
The pun did make a lot of sense. A time out may not be exciting, but it meant that for at least 20 seconds, you didn't have to watch the Warriors play basketball. Even Tim Young's dancing was better than that. The team finished 19-63, but Orlando had the Warriors' first-round pick, and took Mike Miller. Mike Miller just finished his 16th season in the NBA.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mTE6_5rYHU

7 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Jason Caffey Blockbuster

The Warriors selected Joe Smith with the first pick in the 1995 NBA Draft, so by midseason 1998, it was time to trade Joe Smith. They flipped him for two players who weren't going to re-sign, so the Warriors needed a new power forward. Someone with championship pedigree. Someone like Chicago Bulls backup Jason Caffey.
Scottie Pippen's agent had been very critical of the Bulls ownership all season. Pippen was crucial to the Bulls threepeat hopes, but Jason Caffey had the same agent. So even though Caffey had started five playoff games the previous year, the Bulls traded him away, purely out of spite.
The Warriors made a run to close the season that year, mainly because their 1998 pick was top-3 protected, and they needed to claw their way to the 4th-worst record. Caffey averaged almost 11 points per game down the stretch. After the season, the Warriors were terrified that he too would leave, so they signed Caffey to a 7-year, $35 million contract. It was like they'd gotten out of a long relationship, and immediately proposed to the first person they dated afterward. Unfortunately, though Caffey WAS a rebound, he couldn't rebound.
Caffey was traded to Milwaukee two years later, and went on to father 10 children with 8 different women. He filed for bankruptcy in 2008. The Warriors kept their pick and selected future Hall of Famer Vince Carter, then traded him away minutes later.
http://cbsnews1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/2000/02/06/c9cc3ad7-a642-11e2-a3f0-029118418759/thumbnail/620x350/8363c45a42575ed7d357d2f25d7e8c4e/image157474x.jpg

8 Great Moments In Warriors History: Rick Barry Is Publicly Racist

Many great players passed through the Warriors organization over the years - Wilt Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond, Hall of Famers Paul Arizin and Tom Gola. But the most emblematic Warrior of all time is the man who led them to their first title in Oakland, Rick Barry.
Barry won Rookie of the Year in his first season, and led the team to the NBA Finals in his second year. Since he was a Warrior, he then sat out the following season in a contract dispute, showing the team's new California fans that good things would never last. He led the team to an improbable championship in 1975, but in Game 7 of the 1976 Western Conference Finals, Barry got mad at his teammates and refused to shoot, and the Suns won the series.
(30 years later, Kobe Bryant delivered a homage to Barry, also refusing to shoot the ball in a Game 7 against the Suns.)
After his career, Barry specialized in announcing and casual racism. During the 1981 Finals, he told broadcast partner Bill Russell that he had a "watermelon grin" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg8kkzzHSTw). Barry got fired after that, but was still well regarded enough to work the 1988 dunk contest. When Michael Jordan took off for a jam, Barry turned on the racism.
"That's what I call the Chinese Superman dunk. He comes at it a little sideways, he's got some slant on it."
Why didn't this guy ever get a shot at an NBA coaching job??? Barry eventually returned to the Bay to host a depressing talk radio show, and later got booed off the court during Chris Mullin's jersey retirement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pjhl1G1W-c

9 Great Moments In Warriors History: Chris Washburn Has A Career Night

In 1986, the Warriors drafted Chris Washburn with the first pick in the NBA Draft. One pick earlier, the Celtics selected Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose two days after the draft, yet arguably had a better pro career than Washburn.
Washburn battled knee soreness his rookie year and a dependence on painkillers, which led to a kidney infection. But on December 7, 1986, Washburn had a career night. He came off the bench against the Lakers to notch 17 points and 12 rebounds, even throwing in an assist and a steal. Finally, a glimpse of the potential he'd shown in college!
The Lakers won the game 132-100. Seven weeks later, Washburn checked into cocaine rehab. He played 72 games in his career, and was banned from the NBA for life in 1989. Next year, the Warriors used their first-round pick on Tellis Frank, who is most famous for working as an assistant coach in the WNBA.

10 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Webber Era Is Ruined Before It Begins

On April 9, 1993, college "students" Chris Webber and Jason Kidd attended a Warriors game together. Webber had just finished his sophomore year at Michigan, Kidd his freshman year at Cal. They'd both starred in the recent NCAA Tournament. Kidd upset defending champion Duke, while Webber led his team to the championship game, which had been played three nights earlier. Of course, Michigan lost the title game when, with seconds remaining, Webber called a timeout his team didn't have.
At a commercial break, the Warriors showed Webber and Kidd on the scoreboard and everyone gave them an ovation. Everyone but Tim Hardaway.
Hardaway was injured but still sitting on the bench in street clothes. When Webber stood up and waved, Hardaway stood and gave Webber the "timeout" signal. Then he laughed and gave the timeout sign again. It had only been three days! Too soon, Timmy!
Later that summer, the Warriors would trade for Webber, giving up Penny Hardaway and three first-round picks. Unfortunately, Tim Hardaway tore his ACL that summer as well, missing Webber's entire rookie season. With Hardaway gone, and Webber already resenting him, Webber became close with Billy Owens and Latrell Sprewell instead. They won 50 games without their All-Star point guard. But next fall, when the Warriors traded Owens for Rony Seikaly, so Webber no longer had to play center, Webber demanded a trade.
The Warriors would miss the playoffs for the next 13 years.
(Source: http://www.upi.com/…/09/Webber-at-Warriors-g…/8061734328000/)

11 Great Moments In Warriors History: Patrick O'Bryant learns how to send a letter.

The Warriors drafted Patrick O'Bryant 9th overall in 2006. But there were some immediate problem signs. He had a poor work ethic, he had an undisclosed foot injury that left him in a boot, and he didn't quite have the basketball IQ they expected. Also he didn't know how to send a letter.
Teammate Troy Murphy commented, "I took him to talk with a mailman, he was just lost. He knew absolutely nothing about the post." O'Bryant was particularly frustrated trying to send packages: he couldn't keep the weight in check, and when sending things long-distance, he never understood the concept of a postal "zone." He even once scraped his car against the side of a mail truck, leading to a long tirade from Don Nelson about protecting the paint.
Thankfully, O'Bryant eventually learned how to send a letter, and continued mailing it in for the remainder of his career.
http://warriorsworld.bayareaballllc1.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/bryant.jpg

12 Great Moments In Warriors History: The Chris Porter Game

At the All-Star Break in 2001, the Warriors were 15-33. Bad, but not worst in the NBA bad. But then the Warriors turned on the suck, winning only two games the rest of the season. The only speed bump came on March 26, 2001. They'd beaten the Pistons two days earlier, then took the Knicks to overtime. They were five minutes away from a lottery-derailing two-game win streak.
Enter Chris Porter. He played a career-high 42 minutes, including the overtime period where the Warriors held the Knicks to only four points. But Porter ensured the Warriors would put the brake to the metal themselves, scoring only two points to pull out the clutch loss. The Warriors finished with the second-worst record in the NBA, but were jumped by three other teams - the most possible - in the draft lottery, and picked 5th.
Chris Porter was traded to the Charlotte Hornets after showing up three days late to rookie camp the following season. He then missed his flight to Charlotte and was released by the Hornets before he'd even left Oakland.

13 Great Moments in Warriors History: April 6, 2012.

The Warriors owe Utah a first-round pick if their pick falls outside the top 7. With just weeks remaining in the season, Golden State is only the 9th-worst team in basketball. And in a late-season game in Salt Lake City, despite starting Jeremy Tyler, the Warriors lead. That's when Mark Jackson puts in what pundits call the "Suicide Lineup."
Nate Robinson. Richard Jefferson. Brandon Rush. Dominic McGuire. And a terrified, hung over Andris Biedrins. With combination of turnovers, missed layups, and defensive laziness, they claw the Warriors back into premium draft position. In nearly six minutes, they make one single shot. Even a late scoring barrage from Klay Thompson isn't enough, as the Suicide Lineup snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, and the Warriors go on to keep their pick. Which in turn will allow them to pay Harrison Barnes $22 million per season after this summer
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2016.03.29 00:11 FivePointPlay The 2011 Inside the NBA All Star Fantasy Draft: A Pick-by-Pick analysis [OC]

Hey Guys,
You lot seemed to really enjoy the post on my old account about how the NBA would look if the other team won the finals each year, and i'm back again with a shiny new name and the same crippling boredom that has led me to do another long winded post.
The NBA on TNT All Star Fantasy Draft from 2011 is one of the most entertaining pieces of TV that the guys on Inside The NBA have ever produced, and that's saying something.
Here it is in all its glory
Take the time to watch it all the way through if you haven't before!
Personal Highlights:
It's pretty outstanding, and ever since I saw it for the first time I've been trying to figure out who actually had the best team.
So here we go!
Round 1
I mean, what more needs to be said? a brain fart of tremendous proportions. Considering the rest of the names available, AI, as amazing as he was, can't be considered higher than a round 4/5 pick at best. Chuck tries his hardest to alleviate the problem with his next two picks but the damage is done.
Kevin is of course setting a challenge for himself by only picking ex-Celtics players, and I like the pick of Larry Legend, but the fact he didn't take Bill Russell here always perplexes me. Still, it's a great first round pick and sets up Kevin nicely going forward.
History repeats itself as MJ drops to number 3 in the draft. An absolute coup for Reggie and obviously the best possible pick anyone could have made.
This looks like a good pick in isolation; Wilt is without a doubt one of the most dominant regular season players ever, and his numbers are just unparalleled. Something tells me that Chris might regret this decision later down the line...
How better to explain why this is the second best pick of the round than to quote the man himself? "Bill Russell won't distort your offence or your defence. The way I play, my team wins." Love it.
A great pick, there is absolutely no one left on the board who Kenny could have taken instead and I rate it as the third best pick of the round, behind Reggie and Steve. Fantastic work for the last pick of the round.
Rankings after Round 1
  1. Reggie
  2. Steve
  3. Kenny
  4. Chris
  5. Kevin
  6. Charles
Round 2
Kenny Smith selects Magic Johnson
Love, love, love this pick. Not only has Kenny managed to pick two of the best players ever to play the game, but also two players who played together and will have excellent chemistry. The perfect compliment for his first round pick and Kenny shoots up the rankings.
Steve Kerr selects Scottie Pippen
Listen. I love Scottie Pippen as much as the next man, but taking Scottie as a second rounder is a head scratcher. There are a lot of HUGE names left on the board, and while I like the pairing of Scottie and Bill Russell a LOT, I can't help but feel Steve could have picked up a better player and still got Scottie later on.
Chris Webber selects Oscar Robertson
I like the Big O a lot, and he is certainly drafted in the right round, but pairing him with Wilt is a recipe for disaster. I just don't see a scenario where you pair one of the most selfish, me-centred players ever in Wilt with a noted grump like Oscar working out at all. If they managed to put their heads together then they would be a force to be reckoned with, but history tells us that they can't. A calming, team-first presence like Tim Duncan would have worked wonders here.
Reggie Miller selects Hakeem Olajuwon
A fantastic pick once again, having Hakeem as his starting centre is a brilliant choice which gives him another scoring option and a terrific inside presence to go along with Jordans perimeter D. Reggie still the man to beat.
Kevin McHale selects Shaquille O'Neale
I like this pick for Kevin, with Shaq on the inside and Larry on the outside, Kevin has incredible versatility in his offence and a strong defensive identity. Not bad at all.
Charles Barkley selects Moses Malone
In a shock twist, the chuckster actually makes a good pick! Chuck needed a dominant centre badly, because if you look at the other teams, they all have a top, top tier centre. So Chuck gets his HOF centre, but is still playing catch up with the rest of the crew.
Rankings after Round 2
  1. Reggie
  2. Kenny
  3. Kevin
  4. Steve
  5. Chris
  6. Chuck
Round 3
Charles Barkley selects Tim Duncan
YES, CHUCK. Chuck somehow manages to take one of the greatest players of all time to open up the third round. Timmy could realistically have been picked in the first round, so this is a real coup. I love this pick so much and If Chuck can build on this with smart picks for the rest of the draft, he could be in a great position.
Kevin McHale selects Kevin Garnett
Fantastic. I LOVE the pairing of KG and Shaq up top, they would be the most intimidating front court ever, and with a sniper like Larry on the wings, I am absolutely crazy about this team so far. What a pick.
Reggie Miller selects John Stockton
Reggie is on fire. With two players like Hakeem and MJ who are going to be taking a lot of shots, Reggie needed a player who was going to get them the ball and be the ultimate team mate. Inspired.
Chris Webber selects Isiah Thomas
"I'm gonna move Oscar to the two guard and let Stockton worry about Isiah"...EH???? Isiah is one of my favourite players ever, and I think he'd be a great choice for any of the other teams in this round, but I HATE him in this team. Not only is Oscar gonna be pissed as all hell that he's got to share the ball handling with Isiah, but this team has NO outside shooting. This is moving in to hot mess territory....
Steve Kerr selects Kobe Bryant
LOVE IT. The biggest hole Steve's team had was that it had no go-to scorer, and short of getting MJ Steve got the best scorer available. Furthermore, Kobe's team-driven, unselfish team mates are going to be prefect facilitators.
Kenny Smith selects Julius Erving
In the words of The Jet: "We scoring, baby!" Kenny's team is looking absolutely fearsome on the offensive end, and the thought of a Magic/Dr. J fast break pretty much puts me at full mast. Questions are to be asked of the perimeter D, though.
Rankings after Round 3
  1. Reggie
  2. Kevin
  3. Steve
  4. Kenny
  5. Chuck
  6. Chris
Round 4
Kenny Smith selects Jerry West
I like it! The Logo was 4 time First Team All Defense, a former scoring champ and assists leader. So Kenny gets his perimeter D and hasn't messed anything up, chemistry wise. Kenny has picked up an absolute steal in the 4th round and he shoots up the rankings once more.
Steve Kerr selects Lebron James
MULTIPLE FIRE EMOJIS. This more than makes up for taking Scottie in the second round. Steve gets the ball handler he needed, he gets more versatile, keeps the defensive identity and JUST LOOK HOW FREAKING ATHLETIC THIS TEAM IS. I am in love.
Chris Webber selects Dominique Wilkins
Welcome to Chris Webber's "All-Moody-Ballhog Fantasy Draft!" Sweet Jesus. This team would run through 8 coaches a season. Poor Isiah.
Reggie Miller selects David Robinson
Upon this selection, Reggie says that he will "move Hakeem to the power forward position, his true position." Hmmmm. I'm not convinced. Not that The Admiral isn't a great player, but I think Reggie should have gone for a traditional PF here as there are still a couple of big names on the board who really would have improved his team without dragging Hakeem away from the basket. Disappointing considering the huge leaps made by Steve and Kenny this round.
Kevin McHale selects John Havlicek
I feel like Kevin really needs a primary ball handler at this point, but his self-imposed restrictions are hurting him. Hondo is a good choice, but with Bird already on the team and such a gaping hole at point guard, I think The Glove would've made this team scary as all hell.
Charles Barkley selects Reggie Miller
As they say, you can never have too much scoring, but I don't like this pick for Chuck. He needs a distributor to get the ball to AI and inside to Dunc & Moses. Reggie is going to be demanding the ball a lot and there just aren't enough minutes to give both AI and Reggie. GP or Chuck himself would have been good choices here, I feel.
Rankings after Round 4
  1. Steve
  2. Kenny
  3. Reggie
  4. Kevin
  5. Charles
  6. Chris
Round 5
Charles Barkley selects James Worthy
Charles needed a SF and Big Game James is a solid, if uninspiring choice. With Sir Charles himself still on the board its strange he wouldn't take himself with either of these last two picks.
Kevin McHale selects Bob Cousy
So Kevin gets his ball handler, but i'm just not sure about this one. Cousy is an all time great for sure, and playing with Sam Jones and Bill Russell shows he knows how to get the ball out to the wing and in to the paint, but his lack of a reliable jump shot and lax defence worry me slightly.
Reggie Miller selects Charles Barkley
Back on track. I like this pick for Reggie a lot as it fills the hole at SF and also gives another PF option if he wanted to go a bit smaller and quicker. With Barkley, Jordan and Robinson on the team, they look tough as all hell.
Chris Webber selects Kevin McHale
Chris needed a PF and he got one of the best ever. But holy crap, the chemistry of this team is all out of whack. So now not only do you have Oscar and Isiah fighting for the ball in the back court, Nique wanting to get his 30 shots off on the wing, but you've got Wilt and Kevin up top dribbling the ball in the post for 22 seconds a possession. Good lord.
Steve Kerr selects Karl Malone
A good pick. Steve, like Chris, was crying out for a PF and got his man. This team is just too athletic for words. If he can get hold of a point guard he's all set.
Kenny Smith selects Clyde Drexler
Oh, I hate this pick. Hate it. Kenny has scorers coming out of his ears, so i dont get this pick at all. Kobe, MJ, Larry, Scottie would shut. him. down.
Rankings after Round 5
  1. Reggie
  2. Steve
  3. Kevin
  4. Kenny
  5. Charles
  6. Chris
Round 6
Kenny Smith selects Gary Payton
I love it. Defense, playmaking, intensity, toughness, he has everything Kenny needs right now. Magic can play minutes at PF for sure, but I definitely feel Kenny needs to get one on his team before its too late...
Steve Kerr selects Steve Nash
Steve absolutely smashes it out of the park with this one. He needs someone who can move the ball and keep the offense flowing while being able to hit shots himself when Kobe is off the floor or running cold. 10/10.
Chris Webber selects Patrick Ewing
Funnily enough, I don't hate this one. Ewing is unselfish enough to really give them some help off the bench, and finally Isiah has a partner who can back him up and try and keep the other head-cases in check.
Reggie Miller selects Ray Allen
With his first team all set, Reggie can start focusing on his bench, and I think Jesus Shuttlesworth is a perfect selection for his spot up shooting dearth. This team looks unstoppable!
Kevin McHale selects Sam Jones
I like the addition of Jones at SG, a 10x champion and a lethal shooter. I just worry that the other teams have got such dominant shooting guard talents (MJ, Kobe, West, AI) that Sam Jones might struggle. Kevin is starting to feel the pinch, Ray Allen would have been a great selection for him here.
Charles Barkley selects Jerry Lucas
Capable back up for Timmy, but this point guard situation is getting out of hand, theres some big names still on the board and Charles is going to miss out if he's not careful.
Rankings after Round 6
1.Reggie
2.Steve
3.Kenny
4.Kevin
5.Charles
6.Chris
Round 7
Charles selects Dave Cowens
Similarly to his previous pick, Cowens is fine as back up for Moses but with 10 more picks until his next go, Charles is going to find getting a capable point guard incredibly difficult.
Kevin McHale selects Tiny Archibald
I think this is a good pick for Kevin, and i trust Tiny to do more against modern point guards than Cousy, but there are undeniably better PGS available, unfortunately for Kevin they never wore green!
Reggie Miller selects Jason Kidd
Case in point. Kidd would have been a great selection for Kevin, but Reggie manages to pick up the pieces once again. Reggie's team going from strength to strength, but I still have questions about that front court pairing. When are we getting some cover at PF, Reggie?
Chris Webber selects Alex English
I really, really like this pick. With such explosive and dominant personalities on the team already, Webber needs low-key, consistent scoring, and theres nobody better at that than the quiet, underrated former Gamecock.
Steve Kerr selects Dwight Howard
This was 2011 after all. Dwight might raise a few eyebrows now, but i think he is a solid back up for Russell in this team and gives Steves team some more much needed rim protection.
Kenny Smith selects Connie Hawkins
Kenny, Kenny, Kenny. I WARNED YOU. When you wait this long to choose a power forward this is what happens! Oh, I'd buy tickets to the game for sure, but the idea of The Hawk going up against someone like Kevin McHale or Karl Malone makes me nervous just thinking about it.
Rankings after round 7
  1. Reggie
  2. Steve
  3. Kevin 4.Kenny
  4. Charles
  5. Chris
Round 8
Kenny Smith selects Elvin Hayes
UNDERRATED PICK ALERT. The Big E was one hell of a player, and I like him way more than Connie Hawkins for that PF position. Look up Elvin Hayes if you can!
Steve Kerr selects Dirk Nowitzki
WHAT A PICK! Dirk coming off the bench for this team would be a spacing nightmare for their opponents. With a front court rotation of Russell/Howard and Malone/Nowitzki and a back court of Nash, Kobe and Pippen, Steve has got one hell of a team.
Chris Webber selects Chris Mullin
Chris is doing his best to sort out this teams chemistry and outside shooting problems, and I think this is a good pick. Keep it going, Chris. A couple more like this and you might be on to something.
Reggie Miller selects Alonzo Mourning
Reggie, what if this Hakeem-at-PF experiment doesn't work? what are you going to do? I like Zo, but you're in danger of losing ground here if you don't pick up a PF sharpish.
Kevin McHale selects Robert Parish
Parish is a great choice as a back up for Shaq daddy, his mobility will be a blessing against the other quick bigs on the other teams. Solid pick.
Charles Barkley selects Deron Williams
NO REALLY. CHECK THE VIDEO HE ACTUALLY DID.
"And for my 9th pick, i select Andray Blatche!"
Good lord.
Rankings after round 8
  1. Reggie
  2. Steve
  3. Kevin
  4. Kenny
  5. Chris
  6. Charles
Round 9
Charles Barkley selects Kevin Durant
You lucky fucker. This pick makes not much sense in 2011 but history has redeemed you, Sir Charles.
Kevin McHale selects Paul Pierce
And Raptors fans shudder! Great pick by Kevin here, who has created quite a formidable team exclusively from ex-Celtics, which is super impressive.
Reggie Miller selects Dwyane Wade
Yeah, yeah, I get it, back up for Jordan without losing anything, sure. But we all know MJ is playing 40 minutes at least so this is meaningless. If this last pick of his isn't a power forward I'm going to scream.
Chris Webber selects George Gervin
Alright Chris, come on now, it's getting a bit overkill with the scoring now. Still, You can't go wrong with a 4x scoring champ. If we can put an end to that horrible Isiah/Oscar backcourt idea you had we might have the semblances of an actual team.
Steve Kerr selects Dennis Johnson
Solid back up for Nash and Kobe in the backcourt, this team will be able to swing the ball around like its nobodys business.
Kenny Smith selects Elgin Baylor
Steal of the show!
Elgin Baylor, who is without doubt one of the top 20 players of all time, falls to the 9th round and is snapped up by Kenny who was in desperate need of some more forwards. What a pick!
Rankings after round 9
  1. Steve
  2. Kenny
  3. Reggie
  4. Kevin
  5. Chris
  6. Charles
Round 10
Kenny Smith selects Kenny Smith
God damn it Kenny, all you had to do was pick someone semi decent and you could have consolidated second place. You did this to yourself.
Steve Kerr selects Grant Hill
At least Steve is still taking it seriously, his first place position is safe, surely!
Chris Webber selects Chris Webber
This team is super weird, and im not sure if its in a good way. Everything is there, you've got point guards and scorers, youve got rim protectors and rebounding, but the chemistry balance just seems way off. Still, I can't possibly rank this team below a team with Deron Williams starting at PG.
Reggie Miller selects Steve Kerr
AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Kevin McHale selects Tommy Heinsohn
Another solid pick, but i cant help but feel its a bit top heavy, i'm not jumping up and down about a backcourt of Cousy/Archibald and Sam Jones.
Charles Barkley selects Bob Lanier
Not for me. Chuck already had cover at Centre and was in desperate need of another PG. Not a fan.
Here they are in full:
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Round 8 Round 9 Round 10
Chuck's Rebounders Allen Iverson Moses Malone Tim Duncan Reggie Miller James Worthy Jerry Lucas Dave Cowens Deron Williams Kevin Durant Bob Lanier
Kevin's Green Machine Larry Bird Shaquille O'Neal Kevin Garnett John Havlicek Bob Cousy Sam Jones Nate Archibald Robert Parish Paul Pierce Tom Heinsohn
Reggie's Boom Baby Daggers Michael Jordan Hakeem Olajuwon John Stockton David Robinson Charles Barkley Ray Allen Jason Kidd Alonzo Mourning Dwyane Wade Steve Kerr
Chris's Superfriends Wilt Chamberlain Oscar Robertson Isiah Thomas Dominique Wilkins Kevin McHale Patrick Ewing Alex English Chris Mullin George Gervin Chris Webber
Steve's Luc Longley Express Bill Russell Scottie Pippen Kobe Bryant Lebron James Karl Malone Steve Nash Dwight Howard Dirk Nowitzki Dennis Johnson Grant Hill
Kenny's Aim High Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Magic Johnson Julius Erving Jerry West Clyde Drexler Gary Payton Connie Hawkins Elvin Hayes Elgin Baylor Kenny Smith
I've made my thoughts clear throughout. It's time to bust out those final rankings!
My Personal Final Rankings
  1. Steve
  2. Kevin
  3. Reggie
  4. Kenny
  5. Chris
  6. Charles
And just for fun, I made a team based on left over players. (in no particular order)
  1. Steph Curry
  2. Chris Paul
  3. Bob Pettit
  4. Dikembe Mutombo
  5. Joe Dumars
  6. Rick Barry
  7. Bill Walton
  8. Bernard King
  9. Kawhi Leonard
  10. Adrian Dantley
What do you guys think? Is Reggies team better than I give it credit? is Chris' team really as bad as I think it is? Who would you have picked? Why do I spend bank holidays writing almost 20,000 words of nonsense?
find out on the next episode of Dragonball Z.
Christ, I need some sleep.
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2015.12.30 09:20 KBee75 Pro Basketball Yesterday (#3, 29 Oct 1993)

In this week's season preview edition of Pro Basketball Today, on sale Friday, October 29, 1993:
Knicks Our No.1
Patrick Ewing will lead the league's toughest team to the NBA championship.
When the 1993-94 NBA season opens on November 5, the Jordanaires can prove once and for all that there is more to them than merely being the supporting cast for the world's greatest basketball player. For the first time since 1984, there will be no tongue-wagging, bald-headed Bull wearing the No. 23 jersey, and the baton of leadership has been thrust into the hands of Pippen, Armstrong and Grant. The Bulls won't win a fourth straight title this year. What we're not quite so sure about is which one of the NBA's other 26 teams will succeed them at the top of the pile.
After some deliberation, we have plumped for the New York Knicks to bring a world championship back to Gotham for the first time in 20 years. In recent times Pat Riley and Patrick Ewing have led a revival of the city game in the biggest city of them all. When Riley and his slicked back mane went to the east coast before the 1991-92 season, he arrived as the mastermind of the Lakers' Showtime era during the '80s. These Knicks don't run the court like gazelles, they swagger with an NY attitude. The Knicks were headed for the Finals five months ago, before they were bludgeoned by Jordan and the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. But with no Jordan around, New York's only peer in the East is the up-and-coming Charlotte Hornets.
The story in the West, of course, is different. Phoenix will begin Charles Barkley's farewell season seeded number one in the Conference, however, Portland, San Antonio and Seattle have all added key players, and given some luck, could be serious contenders.
However, we like the muscle and mouth of the Knicks so much, that they're our pick to rule the NBA in 1993-94.
Hurt Barkley to follow Jordan's lead
Charles Barkley will play the 1993-94 season, but he won't be back next year... whether the Phoenix Suns win the NBA championship or not. This was the official word from Barkley last week when the Suns travelled east for an exhibition season meeting with the New York Knicks, their likely opponents in the NBA Finals next June. "What the fans don't know is that I'm realistic. I'm not getting any younger (30) so realistically this has to be my last year. One thing me and Michael always agreed on is we should retire when we could still play. Last year, I played as well as I ever have, but I'm resigned to the fact I can't play like Charles Barkley forever" Barkley said.
Barkley's recent collapse during a Suns' practice session helped determine his retirement schedule. While running sprints, he fell and stayed motionless on the ground for 30 minutes, telling trainers he couldn't feel his legs. "I was shocked since that's the first time anything like that has happened to me. Whenever somebody as big and strong as me is running one second and then the next second you're on the floor, that's scary" said Barkley. Despite the scare, Barkley was back to work in the Suns' exhibition season opener, scoring 19 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and handing off eight assists against the Golden State Warriors. "I'm not going to torture myself; Larry Bird tortured himself. With Larry, it was terrible, brutal. He couldn't practice and he was sleeping on the floor. If I keep playing, I know that could happen. Ten years is long enough to play basketball... I don't think God meant people with disc problems to play basketball" Barkley added.
"I've accomplished almost everything I've wanted to accomplish. For Charles Wade Barkley to come from Leeds, Alabama, and play this many years, then no matter what happens this year it's been a great success."
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns kept the NBA's seven year winning streak in the six-team McDonald's Open intact. Barkley was voted tournament MVP after Phoenix whipped Italian team Buckler Bologna 117-90 in the final.
Warrior Hardaway out for season
Brilliant Golden State Warriors guard Tim Hardaway has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the 1993-94 season. Hardaway suffered the damage during a training drill. He also sustained various structural damage, but the full extent of the injury will not be known for two to three weeks, when he undergoes surgery. Hardaway will surrender his berth with the USA squad - Dream Team 2 - for next year's world championships in Toronto.
"I'm kind of numb. I'm just trying to deal with this part of my life... this is a hard hit to take" said coach Don Nelson, who the previous week lost gifted but injury-prone swingman Sarunas Marciulionis with a similar injury to his right knee. Hardaway was driving to the basket on a five-on-six drill when he screamed, hopped out of bounds and fell onto his back.
The injury continues the appalling run of outs the Warriors have suffered the past two seasons. Golden State won just 34 games last season - a franchise record fallaway of 21 victories - as recognised starters Chris Mullin, Billy Owens, Marciulionis and Hardaway averaged just 45 games. Ironically, when Hardaway broke down, it was the same training session that welcomed exciting No 1 draft choice Chris Webber into training following an appendectomy. It was the first time the predicted starting five had trained together, a gathering that ushered in a feeling of optimism in the camp. Indeed, many were tipping the Warriors tp push Phoenix for the Pacific Division title. Not any more.
"I don't know what happened" Hardaway said, "The only thing I knew is I went down and was hollering. I was getting dizzy and I had a cold sweat and my eyes started going black." Guard Keith Jennings is expected to take over Hardaway's point guard role. Hardaway sports career averages of 20.6 points and 9.7 assists per game, and he has appeared in three consecutive NBA All-Star games. "You're talking about our Michael Jordan of Golden State" guard Jeff Grayer said.
Player Watch
Coleman rejects richest offer ever
Derrick Coleman had the opportunity to become the highest-paid player in professional basketball history last week. Better paid than Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and all of the greats that came before him. But instead of signing the 8 year, $69m contract extension, he sent the New Jersey Nets back to the board room table and asked them to come up with a more acceptable offer.
However, the gun Nets forward said the negotiations would not stand in the way of his season preparation "It's time to concentrate on basketball and nothing else. I don't want this issue hanging over the team's head as we prepare for what we all feel will be our best season yet".
Coleman's agent, Harold McDonald, said the $69m offer wasn't suitable for the following reasons:
McDonald said Coleman wants control of the option year - one which would pay him $13m a season as a 34 year old. "It's a credible offer, but it's not acceptable. If Derrick had to sign this year it might be an agreeable offer. But Derrick doesn't have to sign this year and look where salaries have gone. Who knows what's going to happen next year?".
Coleman, the No 1 pick in the 1990 draft, emerged as one of the best power forwards in the league last season, averaging 20.7 points and 11.2 rebounds a game. He has one year remaining on his current contract and could become a restricted free agent for the 1994-95 season with the Nets retaining the right of first refusal.
Unhappy campers
Danny Manning has never been backward in coming forward about his desire to be anything but a Los Angeles Clipper. Manning almost got his wish last week, when he was all but jettisoned to Miami in a trade which would have seen Glen Rice and Willie Burton become Clippers. Almost, but not quite. As Manning was about to board a plane to meet with his new teammates in Florida, he was informed that Clippers' owner Donald Sterling had nixed the deal.
But don't be surprised to see Manning get his wish before too long. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and is certain to flee LA, meaning the Clippers would get nothing in exchange for him. The strongest rumour ties the brilliant Clipper to both the Heat and the Charlotte Hornets.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers star Clyde Drexler is upset with the terms of his current contract with the Blazers. Drexler missed a practice last week as a protest against his contract, which currently ranks him the seventh highest paid player on the Portland roster. However, he does receive a balloon payment of $8m in 1995-96, the final year of his contract.
"I was home. There's no mystery to it. It was contract related, and that's all I want to say right now. I have no further comment" Drexler, 31, said. Actually, he did have one final note: "We're not seeing eye to eye, that's for sure".
Drexler, the club's leading scorer despite missing 33 games with injury last season, will make about $1.4m this season. He has three years of his contract to run. The notable figure on his contract is that it pays him about $2.5m per year on average - small change by comparison to recently negotiated rookie contracts.
Rookie salary cap push
The push for a rookie salary cap has received a groundswell of support in the wake of recent multi-million dollar draft choice signings. Once Charlotte forward Larry Johnson signed a 12 year, $84m contract, the high 1993 draft choices have been re-writing NBA contractual history.
"It boggles the mind. Larry Johnson had three years left on his contract and he is a proven, great player. But some of the guys coming into the league may or may not be. How can you pay somebody that much when you don't know now if they're very good or not? At some point somebody's got to say no" Phoenix coach Paul Westphal said.
Seattle president Bob Whitsitt conceded there "is a strong likelihood there will be a rookie salary cap. The only thing that surprises me about these signings is the length of these contracts. We're talking enormous amounts of money and the financial commitments are virtually impossible to get out (of)... it's getting harder and harder to go out on that wire, because they've taken the net away".
The trend of rookies demanding first year escape clauses that allow for re-negotiation has also caught the attention of coaches. "It's the only way to sign people to long-term contracts and still allow them a way to get out of it. It will be a trend until the league and the players association comes up with a way to control it" Blazers coach Rick Adelman said. The final word belonged to Whitsitt, who pinpointed the driving force behind escalating contracts: "It has nothing to do with economics, it's ego".
Eastern Conference Predictions
  1. New York Knicks 61-21
  2. Charlotte Hornets 53-29
  3. Cleveland Cavaliers 50-32
  4. Orlando Magic 48-34
  5. Chicago Bulls 46-36
  6. Atlanta Hawks 42-40
  7. Miami Heat 41-41
  8. Detroit Pistons 40-42
  9. New Jersey Nets 36-46
  10. Indiana Pacers 36-46
  11. Boston Celtics 33-49
  12. Milwaukee Bucks 32-50
  13. Washington Bullets 26-56
  14. Philadelphia 76ers 21-61
Western Conference Predictions
  1. Phoenix Suns 65-17
  2. Portland Trail Blazers 54-28
  3. Seattle SuperSonics 51-31
  4. San Antonio Spurs 51-31
  5. Houston Rockets 50-32
  6. Golden State Warriors 44-38
  7. Utah Jazz 44-38
  8. Denver Nuggets 42-40
  9. LA Clippers 40-42
  10. LA Lakers 35-47
  11. Sacramento Kings 34-48
  12. Minnesota Timberwolves 20-62
  13. Dallas Mavericks 20-62
Notes
"I think the Pacific Division will be the best division in the history of basketball this year" says former Sonic Eddie Johnson, who this past off-season was shipped to Charlotte.
"This is the best team I've ever had here. I have a power player with all the skills to be a dominant player. The question is how fast can a 20 year-old kid be an impact player" - Golden State coach Don Nelson. Nelson's sentiments were shared by Celtics' legend Red Auerbach.
"Our concern is this year. I want a championship and I want it now" - Phoenix Suns' president Jerry Colangelo, whose coup in the off-season was convincing A.C. Green to sign with the Suns.
"The man has a lot to learn, but I think he's going to be a great ballplayer... You can't throw the guy into the fire. He can't play the game himself. He's going to need some help."
A three-time NBA MVP, Malone is entering his 19th season and is back for his second stint in Philly after leading the 76ers to the championship in 1982-83. Bradley, who has not played basketball for two years, will begin his rookie season under incredible pressure after signing an 8 year deal with the Sixers worth $44.2m. Playing against the Miami Heat in his exhibition debut, Bradley grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked five shots, had eight turnovers and was 3-21 from the field.
Quotes
Pro Basketball Today was a weekly newspaper sold in Australia from 1993 until about 2003, and was the definitive source of news, rumours, boxscores and opinions for Australian NBA fans in the pre-Internet era.
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2015.08.23 00:50 sinisterbathala Each franchise's "The One that got away"?

Team The One(s) that got away
Toronto Raptors Tracy McGrady
Oklahoma City Thunder Jim Harden
Los Angeles Clippers Eric Bledsoe
Washington Wizards Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chris Webber, Richard Hamilton
Phoenix Suns Joe Johnson
Sacramento Kings Hidayet Turkoglu, Gerald Wallace
Portland Trailblazers Drazen Petrovic
San Francisco Warriors Gilbert Arenas
Dallas Mavericks Steve Nash
Philadelphia 76ers Nikola Vucevic
You know like TMac is to Raptors. Or Harden is to Thunder. Seems to be the one that would take them to the promised land or something, but for some reason it just wasn't meant to be.
Blazers could've picked Jordan but that doesn't count, because technically they never had him.
Hornets and Kobe, this is interesting. Could count if this is the best one. But it's more like just a fling than you know, something serious. If there was someone else in Bobcats or Hornets history that has spent some time with them, then got shipped, then played way better in the new situation, then that would count. Because he had years with them whereas Kobe never had.
Shaq and Magic, I'm afraid it's not the case. Shaq only lasted with them as long as his rookie contract, but those were 4 fruitful years. Harden and TMac was more like just showing potential and teasing, then unleashed it all in the new partner. Whereas Shaq has flaunted everything with the Magic, they just had to breakup because both thought it was the best for the parties involved.
Raptors - McGrady
Thunder - Harden
Clippers - Bledsoe
EDIT:
Kings - Turkoglu/Gerald Wallace(?)
Blazers - Petrovic
Wizards - Chris Webber and The 2004 Detroit Pistons
Suns - Joe Johnson
Who else??
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